Definition of cultivated in English:



  • Refined and well educated.

    ‘he was a remarkably cultivated and educated man’
    • ‘Hamilton was educated in the elitist qualities of Scotland's early improvers who tended to equate cultivated manners with moral virtue.’
    • ‘Though there were many individual exceptions, the broad middle class which carried so much weight in mid-nineteenth century Europe was educated but not cultivated.’
    • ‘Here it survives to this day as an event on the calendar of every cultivated person.’
    • ‘Members of their cultivated or political classes are specially averse to this treatment.’
    • ‘The books are intended to be informative and enjoyable for the cultivated listener and they succeed.’
    • ‘Most of these churches were controlled by wealthy pew holders who wanted their clergy to be eloquent, cultivated men with a refined literary sensibility.’
    • ‘When the ship reached Sydney, the lovers eloped, retreating to the bush, where they ensured that the children born were imbued with cultivated manners and tastes.’
    • ‘It has become the creed of virtually every cultivated person.’
    • ‘The idea was to rationalize and redefine retailing by distributing goods in a cultivated manner: efficiently, honestly, and cleanly.’
    • ‘At the age of 24, he began writing about a gloriously talented baseball team for a cultivated newspaper during the golden age of the American summer game.’
    • ‘The Proms is definitely Dress Down, and I was in a fleece, combat-style jeans and trainers, and I got a few disdaining looks for those dressed for a cultivated Friday night out.’
    • ‘The cultivated reader is shouted down by his big rude pictures.’
    • ‘At Scarborough, by contrast, you are encouraged to find confirmation of the kind of cultivated person you might like to think you are.’
    • ‘He is a highly cultivated man who speaks seven languages and has completed a post-graduate research in astrophysics.’
    • ‘They were often afraid of a decline in refined and cultivated taste, of an elimination of social distinctions by mass consumerism.’
    • ‘As you must be a rather cultivated person to be reading this section of the paper, you probably have your own idea of Ovid and his Metamorphoses.’
    cultured, educated, well read, well informed
    civilized, enlightened, discerning, discriminating, refined, polished
    sophisticated, urbane, cosmopolitan
    courteous, polite, well mannered, mannerly, gracious
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