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philistinism

Definition:

a desire for wealth and material possessions with little interest in ethical or spiritual matters

Class:

state noun (stable states of affairs)

Plural:

philistinisms

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

materialism | Philistinism

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Philistinism | philistine | Philister

In the fields of philosophy and √¶sthetics, the term philistinism describes the social attitude of anti-intellectualism that undervalues and despises art, beauty, spirituality, and intellect; 'the manners, habits, and character, or mode of thinking of... (35 of 1100 words, 2 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Philistinism

Collins Dictionary:

Philistinism | Philistine

the attitude or quality of not caring about, understanding, or liking good art, music, or literature | a person who is unreceptive to or hostile ... (24 of 325 words, 5 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/philistinism

Oxford Dictionary:

Philistine | philistinism [derived]

a member of a non-Semitic people of ancient southern Palestine, who came ... | a person who is hostile or indifferent to culture and the arts (25 of 160 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/Philistine

New World Dictionary:

Philistine | philistinism [noun, related]

a member of a non-Semitic people that lived in Philistia and repeatedly warred with the Israelites | a person regarded as smugly narrow and ... (23 of 87 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/philistine

Macmillan British Dictionary:

philistine [countable, showing disapproval] | philistines [plural] | philistinism [noun, uncountable, related]

an insulting word for someone who dislikes or does not understand serious art, literature, or music (16 of 48 words, pronunciations)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/philistine

Wiktionary:

philistinism

A materialistic attitude accompanied by ignorance of artistic or cultural matters (11 of 12 words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/philistinism

American Heritage Dictionary:

Philistinism

An attitude of smug ignorance and conventionalism, especially toward artistic and cultural values. (13 of 20 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/philistinism

Britannica Encyclopedia:

materialism [philosophy] | physicalism [synonym]

in philosophy, the view that all facts are causally dependent upon physical processes, or even reducible to them. The word materialism has been used ... (24 of 1055 words, 6 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/369034​/materialism

Columbia Encyclopedia:

materialism

in philosophy, a widely held system of thought that explains the nature of the world as entirely dependent on matter, the fundamental and final ... (24 of 285 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/society​/A​0832195​.html

Merriam-Webster:

materialism | materialist [noun, adjective, related] | materialistic [adjective, related] | materialistically [adverb, related]

a theory that physical matter is the only or fundamental reality and that ... | a preoccupation with or stress upon material rather than intellectual ... (24 of 123 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/materialism

Random House Dictionary:

materialism

preoccupation with or emphasis on material objects, comforts, and ... | the philosophical theory that regards matter and its motions as constituting ... (21 of 54 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/materialism

Cambridge Dictionary:

materialism [entry 1]

the belief that having money and possessions is the most important thing in life (14 of 31 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/materialism 1

materialism [entry 2, specialized]

the belief that only physical matter exists and the spiritual world does not (13 of 22 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/materialism 2

Encarta Dictionary:

materialism

devotion to material wealth and possessions at the expense of spiritual or intellectual values | the philosophical theory that physical matter is the ... (22 of 60 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861628740​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

Philistinism | Philistine

Audio: British English pronunciation of "Philistinism"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/philistinism

Macmillan British Dictionary:

philistine [countable, showing disapproval] | philistines [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "philistinism"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/philistine

Macmillan American Dictionary:

philistine [countable, showing disapproval] | philistines [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "philistinism"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/philistine

the Free Dictionary:

Philistinism

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "philistinism" by speech synthesizer

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "Philistinism"

Audio 3: British English pronunciation of "Philistinism"

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/Philistinism

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

philistinism

Audio: North American pronunciation of "philistinism"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=philis​04 word=philistinism

YourDictionary Audio:

Philistinism

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "Philistinism" by speech synthesizer

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