Philistines

Uncultured wealth-worshippers who have no interest in the arts. Brewer (54) has a nice outline of the etymology of the word, which has overtones of friction between town and gown. The term was popularized in England by the poet, essayist and critic Matthew Arnold (1822-88).

Pronunciation: 
FILL-is-tines, or -tins
Context: 
Though the Philistines may jostle]
Opera: 
Act: 
Act I