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1. A native or an inhabitant of ancient Philistia, a coast region of southern Palestine.

2. A bailiff.

3. A person deficient in liberal culture and refinement; one without appreciation of the nobler aspirations and sentiments of humanity; one whose scope is limited to selfish and material interests.

Origin: L. Philistinus, Heb. Phlishthi, pl. Phlishthim.