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philistine
used in The Devils Arithmetic

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Definition
a person who is uninterested in artistic and intellectual pursuits and values
  • "You want to be a hero, like Joshua at Jericho, like Samson against the Philistines."
    Chapter 16 (84% in)
philistines = people who settled ancient Philistia around the 12th century BC (now the coast of Israel)

(editor's note:  Philistine is also used at times to describe a person who is uninterested in artistic and intellectual pursuits and values.)
There are no more uses of "philistine" in The Devils Arithmetic.

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