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philistinenoun [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 ​qualityanyway - they're just a ​bunch of philistines!

Philistinenoun [C]

uk   /ˈfɪl.ɪ.staɪn/  us   /-stiːn/
one of a ​race of ​people who ​lived in the ​area near the ​coast of the ​southeastMediterranean in ​ancienttimes and were often at ​war with the Israelites
(Definition of philistine from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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philistinenoun [C]

 us   /ˈfɪl·əˌstin, fəˈlɪs·tin/ disapproving
a ​person who ​enjoys only ​popularentertainment but does not ​appreciateart, ​literature, or ​music of high ​quality
(Definition of philistine from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “philistine”
in Chinese (Simplified) 对文化艺术无知的人, 没有文化修养的人…
in Chinese (Traditional) 對文化藝術無知的人, 沒有文化修養的人…
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