toggle menu
1000+ books


used in a sentence
(click/touch triangles for details)
Definition a person who is uninterested in artistic and intellectual pursuits and values

As a proper noun, Philistines were a people who settled ancient Philistia around the 12th century BC (now the coast of Israel).
  • a philistine who cares only about making money
  • Babbitt is a philistine with a sense that something is missing in life.
  • "You want to be a hero, like Joshua at Jericho, like Samson against the Philistines."
    Jane Yolen  --  The Devils Arithmetic
  • philistines = people who settled ancient Philistia around the 12th century BC (now the coast of Israel)
  • In the broadest possible terms, what was the death of a few Philistines to save a nation of Israelites?
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan's Daughters
  • Viv is a little Philistine.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Mrs. Warren's Profession
  • The preacher also had a total disliking for Philistines.
    Forest Carter  --  Education of Little Tree
  • whether he should fight against the Philistines at Keilah; and (verse 10.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • Little philistines, all four of them.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • She's like a Philistine on a Sunday, the way she won't take but so many steps a day.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • The Jews were in the middle of a war back then, too, fighting against their most feared enemy, the Philistines.
    Lauren Tarshis  --  I Survived: The Nazi Invasion, 1944
  • Are you so afraid lest peering from this high Pisgah, between Philistine and Amalekite, we sight the Promised Land?
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • By some odd fling in her birth, she had escaped all taint of Duckworth philistinism; she had none of their shrewd middle-class complacency.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Sketch of the Past
  • 21:34 And Abraham sojourned in the Philistines' land many days.
    The Bible  --  Genesis
  • It's one hundred per cent.' 'I'm surrounded by philistines!' cried the young man.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • I believe he seriously thinks me an awful Philistine; he says I don't understand my time.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • Watson talked all the time of things he did not care about, and while he looked upon Watson as a Philistine he could not help admiring him.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • Into Jesse's mind came the conviction that all of the Ohio farmers who owned land in the valley of Wine Creek were Philistines and enemies of God.
    Sherwood Anderson  --  Winesburg, Ohio
  • Oh, Basil is the best of fellows, but he seems to me to be just a bit of a Philistine.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • "The Philistines be upon us," said Liddy, making her nose white against the glass.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • At school she had used to side with the Philistines in several battles, and had wondered if Pontius Pilate were as handsome as he was frank and fair.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native

Dictionary / pronunciation — Google®Dictionary list —®Wikipedia:  The Philistines
Search for other examples by interest
General — Google News®
General — Time® Magazine
General — Wikipedia®
Architecture — Google® books - Architecture
Business — Bloomberg®
Business — The Economist®
Classic Literature — Google® books - Classical Literature
Engineering — Google® books - Engineering
Engineering — Popular Mechanics®
Engineering — Discover Magazine®
Fine Arts & Music — Google® books - Art
History — Google® books - History
Human Behavior — Google® books - Psychology
Human Behavior — Psychology Today®
Law — FindLaw®
Law — Google® books - Law
Logic & Reasoning — Google® books - Reasoning
Medicine — Web MD®
Medicine — Google® books - Medicine
Nature & Ecology — National Geographic®
Nature & Ecology — Google® books - Nature
Personal Finance — Kiplinger® (Personal Finance)
Philosophy — Google® books - Philosophy
Public Policy & Politics — Newsweek®
Public Policy & Politics — Real Clear Politics®
Public Policy & Politics — Google® books - Politics
Religion & Spirtuality — Google® books - Religion
Religion - Christianity — Bible Gateway®
Religion - Christianity — Google® books - Christianity
Science — Popular Science®
Science — Scientific American®
Science — Google® books - Science
Sports — Sports Illustrated®