N. B.The accent is sometimes on the first syllable, and sometimes on the second: as
And now in heaven a sign it doth appear,
The Harp well known beside the Northern Bear.
Spenser: The Ruins of Time (1591).
But bishop Hall writes
That sweet Philisides fetched of late from France.
Phili[p] Sid[ney], with the Greek termination, makes Phili-sides.
Philistines, the vulgar rich, the pretentiously genteel not in society, the social snobs, distinguished for their much jewellery and loud finery.
Demonstrative and offensive whiskers, which are the special inheritance of the British Philistines.Mrs. Oliphant: Phæbe, Junr., i. 2.
During the æsthetic craze, Philistine was the name given to those who were not in sympathy with the new ideas.
The Philistine or the Proletarian still finds undiluted satisfaction in the old and oldest forms of art and poetry, if he knows himself unwatched by the scornful eye of the votary of fashion.Max Nordau: Degeneration, p. 7.
Phillips (Jessie), the title and chief character of a novel by Mrs. Trollope, the object being an attack on the new poor-law system (1843).
Phillis, a drama written in Spanish by Lupercio Leonardo of Argensola.Cervantes: Don Quixote (1605- 15).
Phillis, a pastoral name for a maiden.
Are at their savoury dinner set,
Of herbs and other country messes,
Which the neat-handed Phillis dresses.
Milton: LAllegre (1638).
Phillis, the Exigent, asked Damon thirty sheep for a kiss; next day, she promised him thirty kisses for a sheep; the third day, she would have given thirty sheep for a kiss; and the fourth day, Damon bestowed his kisses for nothing on Lizette.Dufresny: La Coquette de Village (1715).
Philo, a Pharisee, one of the Jewish sanhedrim, who hated Caiaphas the high priest for being a Sadducee. Philo made a vow in the judgment-hall, that he would take no rest till Jesus was numbered with the dead. In bk. xiii. he commits suicide, and his soul is carried to hell by Obaddon the angel of death.Klopstock: The Messiah, iv. (1771).
Philoelea, that is, lady Penelopê Devereux, with whom sir Philip Sidney was in love. The lady married another, and sir Philip transferred his affections to Frances Walsingham, eldest daughter of sir Francis Walsingham.
Philoctetes , one of the Argonauts, who was wounded in the foot while on his way to T roy. An oracle declared to the Greeks that Troy could not be taken without the arrows of Herculês, and as Herculês at death had given them to Philoctetês, the Greek chiefs sent for him, and he repaired to Troy in the tenth and last year of the siege.
All dogs have their day, even rabid ones. Sorrowful, incurable Philoctetês Marat, without whom Troy cannot be taken.Carlyle.
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