Answer: person lacking in taste andjudgment
Word Origin early 19th century: from Philistine originally with reference to a confrontation between university students and townspeople in Jena Germany in the late 17th century; a sermon on the conflict quoted 'the Philistines are upon you' (Judges 16) which led to an association between the townspeople and those hostile to culture.
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Especially notable is the early Philistine pottery a locally made version of the Aegean Mycenaean Late Helladic IIIC pottery which is decorated in shades of brown and black. This later developed into the distinctive Philistine pottery of the Iron Age I with black and red decorations on white slip known as Philistine Bichrome ware.
The original Philistines were a people who occupied the southern coast of Palestine more than 3 000 years ago. Enemies of the ancient Israelites they were portrayed in the Bible as a crude and warlike race. This led to the use of Philistine in English to refer humorously to an enemy into whose hands one had fallen or might fall.
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The Philistines lived in a coastal strip between the Mediterranean and the land of Israel and Judah known as Philistia a reference to the land of the Five Lords of the Philistines in the south-western Levant. Today these areas occupy Israel Gaza Lebanon and Syria.
Philistine one of a people of Aegean origin who settled on the southern coast of Palestine in the 12th century bce about the time of the arrival of the ...