Wednesday, March 09, 2005

word of the day

cosmopolite \koz-MOP-uh-lyt\, noun:
1. One who is at home in every place; a citizen of the world;
a cosmopolitan person.
2. (Ecology) An organism found in most parts of the world.

At first, Audubon made comparatively little impression in
America, but he was an immediate success in Britain, where
he presented himself alternately as a rustic backwoodsman
and a sophisticated cosmopolite.
--Alan Fern, "A Great Original's Great Originals," [1]New
York Times, December 12, 1993

He was a big-city sophisticate and moved easily in
international film circles but, like his exact
contemporary, the Japanese novelist Yukio Mishima (also a
globetrotting cosmopolite), Pasolini rejected the glossy
consumer culture that had made him famous in favor of the
standards of an earlier, more rigid and more traditional
society.
--Edmund White, "Movies and Poems," [2]New York Times, June
27, 1982

Behind the professional caution is a figure of storied
warmth and charm, an American-educated cosmopolite as
comfortable in the Midwest as in the Middle East.
--Paula Span , "Man of Many Worlds," [3]Washington Post,
February 28, 1998

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