V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: (n.) a person who does not appreciate art and intellectual pursuits; (adj.) smug and indifferent to art and culture
Synonyms: (n.) barbarian, boor, (adj.) uncouth, uncultured, vulgarian, ruffian
Antonyms: (n.) aesthete, (adj.) highbrow
Tips: Philistine is derived from the the Hebrew word for “people of Philistia” in Palestine. The word took on a derogatory sense from the hostility of the Philistines toward the ancient Israelites. Over time, the word took on negative, stereotypical characteristics of an enemy. Today, it means a person who is uncouth and uncultured.
Maybe I'm just a philistine, but I really didn't enjoy the art exhibit. (ruffian, boor) noun
In order to shed his philistine image, he went to the opera and the ballet. (uncultured) adjective
It may just have been his philistine tendencies that prevented my brother from enjoying the play. (uncultured, uncouth) adjective
Her philistine comments about art make you realize that she grew up in an uncultured environment. (uncouth, uncultured, ruffian) adjective
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