culture vulture

culture vulture

noun Slang.
a person with an excessive or pretentious interest in the arts.

Origin:
1945–50

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culture vulture
 
n
informal a person considered to be excessively, and often pretentiously, interested in the arts

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Main Entry:  culture vulture
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a person who is extremely interested in and enthusiastic about the arts; a person who attends cultural events
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culture vulture

An individual with a consuming or excessive interest in the arts. For example, A relentless culture vulture, she dragged her children to every museum in town. This slangy term may have been originated by Ogden Nash, who wrote: "There is a vulture Who circles above The carcass of culture" (Free Wheeling, 1931). [1940s]

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