Cosmopolite Research Paper

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Apparently, cosmopolitan is not a noun unless it is talking about the drink or magazine; cosmopolitan is an adjective meant to describe the word I have chosen for this essay—cosmopolite. This essay focuses on what being a cosmopolite entails, as well as how it plays a role in someone a liberally-educated person, as William Cronon explains in his article, Only Connect . . .. It is probably too ambitious of me to describe myself as a cosmopolite, because it infers a certain sophistication I do not have, but I believe there are certain aspects of my life that makes it worthy of this term.
With the Oxford English Dictionary as my prime source, the valid definition and etymology of the word cosmopolite is defined. On the definition of the word
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