What does cosmopolitan mean


The adjective cosmopolitan means:

  1. “Cosmopolitan”, “cosmopolitan”, “cosmopolitan” and describes people who “feel at home everywhere”.
  2. In biology: animal and plant species that are distributed all over the world.
  3. In communist language use pejorative: Representing cosmopolitanism (striving of the imperialist great powers for world domination).

The term is derived from ancient Greek kosmopolítēs (Citizen of the world, someone who thinks beyond the city-state) from which cosmos (Weltanschauung, universe, universe) and polítēs (Citizens) composed.


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Phonetic transcription (IPA):[ˌKɔsmopoˈliːtɪʃ]

Usage examples

In the globalized world one has more cosmopolitan Man has a wide range of options for shaping his life and is able to make contacts across borders and to live according to his taste.

Thanks to the WHO's intensive vaccination campaign, the cosmopolitan Fight against smallpox pathogens and declared the disease to be eradicated in 1980.

He himself spoke to the dead by reading, he made them speak for others, Kant for example, he was one of his ideas cosmopolitan World government is not considered obsolete. - Elisabeth von Tadden, Europe glows golden, DIE ZEIT No. 8/2016, February 15, 2016

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