philistinism


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Phil·is·tin·ism

also phi·lis·tin·ism  (fĭl′ĭ-stē-nĭz′əm, fĭ-lĭs′tə-nĭz′əm, -tē-nĭz′əm)
n.
An attitude of smug ignorance and conventionalism, especially toward artistic and cultural values.

philistinism

the opinions, goals, and conduct of persons deficient in liberal culture. — philistine, n., adj.
See also: Attitudes
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Philistinism - a desire for wealth and material possessions with little interest in ethical or spiritual mattersphilistinism - a desire for wealth and material possessions with little interest in ethical or spiritual matters
desire - something that is desired
Translations

philistinism

[ˈfɪlɪstɪnɪzəm] Nfilisteísmo m

philistinism

nBanausentum nt

Philistinism

[ˈfɪlɪstɪˌnɪzm] nmancanza di raffinatezza culturale
References in classic literature ?
Byron's personality, for instance, was terribly wasted in its battle with the stupidity, and hypocrisy, and Philistinism of the English.
Cronshaw was astute enough to know that the young man disapproved of him, and he attacked his philistinism with an irony which was sometimes playful but often very keen.
It is the same, more or less, with all European countries, but the Saxon temperament, with its mixture of philosophy and philistinism, more than any other, gravitates towards the life mechanical.
Ruth Livesey's chapter "Democracy, Culture, and Criticism: Henry James Revisits America" (179-195) shows how "James's thoughts about culture, criticism, and democracy were shaped by his early interest in Arnold and his later association with the aestheticism preached in the States by [Oscar] Wilde" (180), and, in turn, Arnold "valued the insights he gleaned from James's Roderick Hudson (1875) and used it as documentary evidence for the prevalence of philistinism in America in his--quite inflammatory--"A Word About America" (182).
from Britain's unfortunate heritage of public schools and philistinism.
Stating that he didn't want "the ity of culture to become the city of Philistinism," he urged the council to think again, adding: "Why on earth do we have a Labour Party if we don't fight for our people?
Usman Ulasyar Khan , the chairman of the Svastu Arts and Cultural Association (SACA) Swat, said, \" We have lost many golden traditions over the last few decades because of philistinism and extremism in the area to celebrate cultural events, so we tried our best to revive our traditions through this festival.
Early in March of last year, for instance, Black Tulip performed an inspiring action at Halfhouse, an artist's association that has become a true space of resistance against politicians' philistinism.
On the side of beauty and taste, vulgarity; on the side of morals and feelings, coarseness; on the side of mind and spirit, unintelligence--this is Philistinism.
American writers are not adversaries but symptoms of an ambient, complacent philistinism.
While Maritain was combating Protestant bourgeois philistinism in France, therefore, Yeats stood in fur coat and pince-nez to attack the Catholic bourgeois philistines of Ireland.