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  • n. Plural form of philistine.


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  • Secondly, the bourgeois, whom he called philistines, - the humbly living, contented, narrow-minded, timid, - whom he did not hate as much as he despised them with fervid scorn.

    The Bride of Dreams

  • The type of men which my father called philistines has this common characteristic, that for all wonders and mysteries they forthwith find

    The Bride of Dreams

  • The philistines were the image-breakers; they shattered the household gods and the patron saints.

    Oikos and Logos: Chesterton's Vision of Distributism

  • World's top architect Frank Gehry brands Paris residents 'philistines' after planning permission revoked The world's most famous living architect has branded Paris residents "philistines" bent on "putting the French capital in formalin" after they succeeded in cancelling planning permission for his latest spectacular edifice. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • And he's catering to the kind of clientele that Maurice Large, former president of the Beaujolais producers 'association, once denounced as "philistines" with a taste for "alcoholic fruit drink."

    Bordeaux vs. Bali: The Wine Wars

  • Even then, however, it is not necessary to take the further downward step of despising the "philistines" who do not share it.

    Surprised by Joy

  • The "philistines" are a band of dogged local residents waging a vocal battle against "concreting Paris' green areas". - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • Put bluntly, the whole situation is quite similar to the 'philistines' who enrage upper - class New Yorkers by carefully studying a typical piece of expensive modern art only to conclude that it resembles the finger-paintings and other assorted scribbles that most first-grade art students could produce on a single day of fun.


  • Those who have the temerity to question this assertion are immediately dismissed as "philistines" who don't understand their own heritage.

    NSS News

  • Buckley said Facebook was behaving like "philistines" and blamed the issue on "American puritanism".

    The Sydney Morning Herald News Headlines


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