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 ?
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.
Byron's personality, for instance, was terribly wasted in its battle with the stupidity, and hypocrisy, and Philistinism of the English.
Participants of the meeting also admired Mohammad Azam Khan, chief secretary of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa who had initiated the work on drafting a well thought cultural policy for the people who had suffered great losses to militancy and philistinism.
Mr Zareef said that the worst law and order situation caused serious threats to their social values, local culture and even their strong voice against philistinism.
Or is the Senedd afflicted by the sort of philistinism that might bode ill for Wales in the future?
Whereas it is suggested that there is a PS40,000 cost to clean up vandals' graffiti (The Journal, October 26), surely a far more offensive act of cultural philistinism costing a reported PS960,000 of public funds was to erect the rust bucket known as the Angel of the North.
the prison of national vanity, of philistinism, of compulsory
Other themes include literary taste and as Robert McCrum hilariously pointed out in a Guardian review: "A sub-theme of The Prose Factory is the vitality of British philistinism.
Regarding the demise of libraries that has been broadly predicted since the end of the 20th century, he writes, "The ideas that the digital revolution has made libraries irrelevant, that libraries can no longer be afforded, or that libraries are no longer needed seem, at best, based on ignorance and the willful avoidance of realities and, at worst, the malign triumph of ignorance, materialism, and philistinism.
First, it offers an introduction to and comparison of three accounts of philistinism.
The First World War is usually believed to have had a catastrophic effect on British art, killing artists and movements, and creating a mood of belligerent philistinism around the nation.