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philistine

noun [C] uk   /ˈfɪl.ɪ.staɪn/ us    /-stiːn/ disapproving
a person who refuses to see the beauty or the value of art or culture: I wouldn't have expected them to enjoy a film of that quality anyway - they're just a bunch of philistines!Art and culture
(Definition of philistine noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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