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culture hero

A person, either real or mythical, who embodies or is seen as the foundation of the cultural values or achievements of a society, group of people, or period of time. Karl Marx became both a villain to those opposed to Communist ideology and a culture hero for those who embraced the ideals of Socialism. Mythical figures such as Cúchulainn and historical figures like Brian Boru have long been held as culture heroes in Ireland.
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culture shock

A sudden feeling of confusion or surprise when confronted by an unfamiliar situation or cultural environment. It is often a huge culture shock for American women traveling to the Middle East when they are expected to wear head scarves and be accompanied by a man at all times.
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culture vulture

Someone who has an avid interest in the arts. Helen is quite the culture vulture. She attends the theater at least once a month.
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culture vulture

someone whom one considers to be excessively interested in the (classical) arts. She won't go to a funny film. She's a real culture vulture. They watch only highbrow television. They're culture vultures.
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a culture shock

feelings of being confused or surprised that you have when you are in a country or social group that is very different from your own The first time she went to Japan, Isabel got a huge culture shock.
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a culture vulture

someone who is very keen to see and experience art, theatre, literature, music etc. She's a bit of a culture vulture. She'll only visit places that have at least one art gallery.
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culture shock

A state of confusion and anxiety experienced by someone upon encountering an alien environment. For example, It's not just jet lag-it's the culture shock of being in a new country. This term was first used by social scientists to describe, for example, the experience of a person moving from the country to a big city. It is now used more loosely, as in the example. [Late 1930s]
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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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1. n. an avid supporter of the arts. Many culture-vultures seem to be long on enthusiasm and short on taste.
2. n. someone who exploits the arts for monetary gain. Some culture-vultures are throwing a wine and cheese party on behalf of some of the young dolts they have grubstaked.
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In late 2004, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) told Quality Improvement Organizations and State Survey Agencies that its culture change project involved encouraging 5% of facilities to operate without physical restraints.
Rowland: What I argued in my book Culture and the Thomist Tradition: After Vatican II is that there is a division between those who think that the Thomist tradition should accommodate itself to the culture of modernity, particularly the economic dimensions of this culture--the self-described "Whig Thomists"--and those who believe that modernity and its liberal tradition are really toxic to the flourishing of the faith.
Darcy explains, "One could argue that Enron was in substantial compliance with the law (obviously not so in terms of accounting practices), but you could argue that there was a culture of greed, and at the end of the day, culture trumps compliance.
In addition, students have the opportunity to develop cultural sensitivity and appreciation, adding to their motivation to be able to interact with others whose cultures are different from theirs.
Anthony Marsella, "Depressive Experience and Disorder across Cultures," p.
The latter involves starting with an international instrument and exploring whether or not the theory on which it is based, and the constructs it measures, can be generalized across other cultures.
To this end, crisis intervention often requires an immediate development of trust between two people from different cultures for purposes of restoring the victim's coping mechanisms to a pre-crisis level of functioning.
The attending physician sees the latest blood culture and is not concerned, because the fever the day before has subsided and the two prior positive blood cultures were not seen--"out of sight, out of mind.
Behind all this is the fact that cultures understand the human person differently.
One week after onset of symptoms, she was evaluated for severe headaches at a local emergency room, where cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and blood cultures were collected.
To Huntington, these factors suggest the possibility of a second Spanish-speaking nation within the United States that is at odds with the dominant American culture.
While this authorial emphasis obviously elides the role of the stylist (a professional routinely credited in editorial style photography who often scripts the shoot, scouts locations, and dresses the models), so too does it obscure the web of visual influence--the intertextuality--of all forms of visual culture.
Walker has organized the Year of the Diaspora to promote understanding of how these stolen laborers contributed to the technology, wealth and culture of the Americas.
Says Brooks: ``In Australia, we have the prime minister saying that we have to embrace the fact that we're physically part of Asia, even though the cultures are so different.