|1.||a person who has lived and travelled in many countries, esp one who is free of national prejudices|
|2.||having interest in or familiar with many parts of the world|
|3.||sophisticated or urbane|
|4.||composed of people or elements from all parts of the world or from many different spheres|
|5.||(of plants or animals) widely distributed|
|[C17: from French, ultimately from Greek kosmopolitēs, from kosmo-|
cosmopolitan cos·mo·pol·i·tan (kŏz'mə-pŏl'ĭ-tn)
Growing or occurring in many parts of the world; widely distributed. n.
A cosmopolitan organism.
in Stoic philosophy, position taken by the Stoics against the traditional (Greek) distinction between Greeks and barbarians, made by applying to themselves the term cosmopolitans, thereby implying that their polis, or city-state, was the entire cosmos, or the whole world. Alexander the Great discouraged this distinction by allowing his generals to marry women native to the lands that they had conquered, but his policy met with resistance in the field and shock at home. The Stoics (from the 4th-3rd century BC) broke through the Greek assumption of their own racial and linguistic superiority and considered the new cosmopolitanism on a philosophical basis
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