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as in:  a cosmopolitan atmosphere

She love’s New York’s cosmopolitan atmosphere.
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cosmopolitan cosmopolitans cosmopolitanism
Strongly Associated with:   provincial
More rarely, "cosmopolitan" can also denote something that has a worldwide scope.
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  • She love’s New York’s cosmopolitan atmosphere.
  • They were dust, and a stink, and cosmopolitan chatter, and the girl whose cat had been killed had lived more deeply than they.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • You make it sound like Savannah is as cosmopolitan as New York or Paris.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • Krakow was not only a historic city but also a cosmopolitan and glittering cultural center, full of theaters and cafés, an opera house and nightclubs.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box

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  • She walks away, leaving me to him, and goes back to her chair and a copy of Cosmopolitan.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • The population of the Gloucester Road was cosmopolitan, always shifting, with people of all ages.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • And as she talks to me, telling me about her late lamented amour, a ghastly Cosmopolitan short story emerges, explaining simultaneously the sexual morality of these 1940s and the psychopathology which permits her to torment me in the way she has been doing.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Bit too cosmopolitan—too European.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • THE AL-MUFLEHS WERE intent on raising their children with their same cosmopolitan values.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • ’No, I suppose not,’ said Colonel Julyan; ’it must be very cosmopolitan.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca

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  • A cosmopolitan.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • You seek out the traditional, the natural and the cosmopolitan.
    Mark Haddon  --  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  • They were students at the University of Michigan, in one of the northernmost states in America, which meant they were sufficiently cosmopolitan to travel hundreds of miles from the south to go to college.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • A day and a half later, however, when they arrived in White-horse, the capital of the Yukon Territory and the largest, most cosmopolitan town on the Alaska Highway, Stuckey had come to enjoy McCandless’s company so much that he changed his mind and agreed to drive the boy the entire distance.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Well, it’s far more cosmopolitan, for one thing.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • He composed, in his own mind, with Combeferre’s philosophical and penetrating eloquence, Feuilly’s cosmopolitan enthusiasm, Courfeyrac’s dash, Bahorel’s smile, Jean Prouvaire’s melancholy, Joly’s science, Bossuet’s sarcasms, a sort of electric spark which took fire nearly everywhere at once.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Having travelled a great deal in her time she spoke with cosmopolitan largeness of idea.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Jerene labored with the same single-mindedness to establish the Moshi International School, which catered to a cosmopolitan melting pot of expatriates’ children.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • But Cecil, since his engagement, had taken to affect a cosmopolitan naughtiness which he was far from possessing.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • Makes it quite cosmopolitan, doesn’t it?
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • The white woman Eunice, who occupies the upstairs/lot; the coloured woman a neighbour, for New Orleans is a cosmopolitan city where there is a relatively warm and easy intermingling of races in the old part of town.
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Either she falls into saving hands and becomes better, or she rapidly assumes the cosmopolitan standard of virtue and becomes worse.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • I believe I am truly cosmopolitan.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • As true children of their time, the Stoics were distinctly "cosmopolitan," in that they were more receptive to contemporary culture than the "barrel philosophers" (the Cynics).
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • He skims through a section about how the Jews arrived, giving up their religious orthodoxy to adopt a sort of liberal cosmopolitanism, giving over, in a way, to the same assimilatory currents that Franklin is being swept forward by.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • And, in spite of the cosmopolitan views on which he prided himself, he thanked heaven that he was a New Yorker, and about to ally himself with one of his own kind.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • They knew, as a matter of fact, that Marguerite St. Just cared nothing about money, and still less about a title; moreover, there were at least half a dozen other men in the cosmopolitan world equally well-born, if not so wealthy as Blakeney, who would have been only too happy to give Marguerite St. Just any position she might choose to covet.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Perhaps this was the residue of growing up in Muscatine with a cosmopolitan mother.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • He wanted to appear cosmopolitan.
    Sherwood Anderson  --  Winesburg, Ohio
  • Certainly a man can only be cosmopolitan up to a certain point.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • I’ve long since decided that Jane would be equally at home in either poverty or wealth, in a cosmopolitan setting or a rural one.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Wedding
  • He felt daring and idealistic and cosmopolitan.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • The stranger had sojourned in many more lands and among many more peoples than Angel; to his cosmopolitan mind such deviations from the social norm, so immense to domesticity, were no more than are the irregularities of vale and mountain-chain to the whole terrestrial curve.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • What had really smashed them up had been a perfectly common-place affair at Monte Carlo—an affair with a cosmopolitan harpy who passed for the mistress of a Russian Grand Duke.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • They sat at a teak and marble table eating Eggs Fooyung, and listened to a brassy automatic piano, and were altogether cosmopolitan.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • The bourgeoisie has through its exploitation of the world-market given a cosmopolitan character to production and consumption in every country.
    Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels  --  The Communist Manifesto
  • She had affiliations of her own in every capital, and a facility for picking them up again after long absences; and the carefully disseminated rumour of the Brys’ wealth had at once gathered about them a group of cosmopolitan pleasure-seekers.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • I had met students from all over the Transkei, as well as a few from Johannesburg and Basutoland, as Lesotho was then known, some of whom were sophisticated and cosmopolitan in ways that made me feel provincial.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • She’d pictured deserts, donkeys, and carts—not so many busy, cosmopolitan cities, not so many Mercedes and BMW dealerships lining the highway heading north, not so many women in tight clothes and uncovered hair.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • —Not goodbye; all right, who had had so many fathers as to have neither love nor pride to receive or inflict, neither honor nor shame to share or bequeath; to whom one place was the same as another, like to a cat—cosmopolitan New Orleans or bucolic Mississippi: his own inherited and heritable Florentine lamps and gilded toilet seats and tufted mirrors, or a little jerkwater college not ten years old; champagne in the octoroon’s boudoir or whiskey on a harsh new table in a monk’s cell…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • Hence, perhaps, my cosmopolitanism.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • The flavorists with whom I spoke were charming, cosmopolitan, and ironic.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • [88] The nation’s capital is not yet the cosmopolitan city it will become.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • It is clear that your nationalist mania loathes the world-conquering cosmopolitanism of the Church.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • In short, all of us need to become more cosmopolitan and aware of global repression based on gender.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • ’I am a’—Monsieur Rigaud stood up to say it—’I am a cosmopolitan gentleman.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • So Union Pacific came through to set the railroad lines, which, of course, was supposed to turn this place into a big cosmopolitan area.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  True Believer
  • Fifty years from now, Dallas will be a cosmopolitan metropolis, home to a diverse population and a wide range of multinational corporations.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • You take over the Medusa operation with no complications-in the person of one Dimitri Krupkin, a proven sophisticate from the cosmopolitan world of Paris.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • It was strange, since he considered patriotism no more than a prejudice, and, flattering himself on his cosmopolitanism, he had looked upon England as a place of exile.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
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