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cosmopolis (koz-MOP-uh-lis) noun

A large city inhabited by people from many different countries.

[Cosmo- + Greek polis, city.]

"Readers like to travel, to escape to a setting, preferably hot,sticky and fatally glamorous. Certain television producers understand this instinctively, which is why Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas do not star in a show called Toronto Vice. Canada's rising cosmopolis may suggest a bright promise of public responsibility and efficiency, but it is Miami whose hard-edged pastels define the pitiless sensuality of the '80s." R.Z. Sheppard, Books: Urban Razzle, Fatal Glamour Four authors look at Miami, the definitive city of the '80s, Time, 28 Sep 1987.

This week's theme: words derived by adding prefixes.


The miracle is not to fly in the air, or to walk on the water, but to walk on the earth. -Chinese proverb

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