Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A Philistine; -- a cant name given to townsmen by students in German universities.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as Philistine, 3.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Mr. --, my "philister," is a tobacco merchant in easy circumstances, having a pretty house in the faubourg of the city.

    Louis Agassiz: His Life and Correspondence

  • These young men (together with the students of sciences) comport themselves towards the sober citizen pretty much as the German bursch towards the philister, or as the military man, during the empire, did to the pékin: — from the height of their poverty they look down upon him with the greatest imaginable scorn — a scorn, I think, by which the citizen seems dazzled, for his respect for the arts is intense.

    The Paris Sketch Book

  • Claudius told his old landlord -- his _philister_, as he would have called him -- that he was going away on his customary foot tour for a month or so.

    Doctor Claudius, A True Story

  • These young men (together with the students of sciences) comport themselves towards the sober citizen pretty much as the German bursch towards the philister, or as the military man, during the empire, did to the pékin: -- from the height of their poverty they look down upon him with the greatest imaginable scorn -- a scorn, I think, by which the citizen seems dazzled, for his respect for the arts is intense.

    The Paris Sketch Book

  • _philister_, or unconnected with their studies, which prevails in other universities.

    Views a-foot

  • Mr. ”, my “philister,” is a tobacco merchant in easy circumstances, having a pretty house in the faubourg of the city.

    Louis Agassiz His Life and Correspondence

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