Phil·is·tin·ism also phi·lis·tin·ism (fĭlʹĭ-stē-nĭz'əm, fĭ-lĭsʹtə-nĭz'əm, -tē-nĭz'əm) n.
An attitude of smug ignorance and conventionalism, especially toward artistic and cultural values.

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  • philistinism — [[t]fɪ̱lɪstɪnɪzəm[/t]] N UNCOUNT (disapproval) Philistinism is the attitude or quality of not caring about, understanding, or liking good art, music, or literature …   English dictionary

  • philistinism — Philistine ► NOUN 1) a member of a people of ancient Palestine who came into conflict with the Israelites. 2) (philistine) a person who is hostile or indifferent to culture and the arts. DERIVATIVES philistinism noun. ORIGIN Greek Philistinos,… …   English terms dictionary

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  • philistinism — noun A materialistic attitude accompanied by ignorance of artistic or cultural matters …   Wiktionary

  • philistinism — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. pedantry, conventionalism, conformity; see docility …   English dictionary for students

  • philistinism — phi·lis·tin·ism || fɪlɪstɪnɪzm n. materialism, preoccupation with material matters; belief that physical comfort is the highest value; desire for wealth and material matters having little interest in moral or spiritual matters …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Philistinism — n middlebrowism, Inf. lowbrowism, conventionalism, conventionality, conformism, conformance, conformity; traditionalism, formalism, precisianism; obtuseness, dullness, boorishness, yahooism …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • philistinism — phil·is·tin·ism …   English syllables

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