V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


noun, adjective

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.

Usage Examples:

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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