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cultural cultural Chernobyl a cultural disaster; an event which is considered to be detrimental to the culture of a particular country, used originally and chiefly with reference to the opening of the Euro Disney theme park near Paris in April 1992. The phrase is a translation of French Tchernobyl Culturel (as used by the theatre director Ariane Mnouchkine) from the name Chernobyl, site of a serious nuclear accident in the Ukraine in 1986.
Cultural Revolution a political upheaval in China 1966–8 intended to bring about a return to revolutionary Maoist beliefs. Largely carried forward by the Red Guard, it resulted in attacks on intellectuals, a large-scale purge in party posts, and the appearance of a personality cult around Mao Zedong. It led to considerable economic dislocation and was gradually brought to a halt by premier Zhou Enlai.

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cul·tur·al / ˈkəlchərəl/ • adj. of or relating to the ideas, customs, and social behavior of a society: cultural diversity of the world's peoples. ∎  of or relating to the arts and to intellectual achievements. DERIVATIVES: cul·tur·al·ly adv.

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cultural Applied to the transmission of information from one generation of animals to another by non-genetic means (e.g. by imprinting or imitation). Behaviour may be modified culturally, so that while individuals usually behave in a traditional way, traditional behaviour in the same species may vary widely from one population to another.

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cultural Applied to the transmission of information from one generation of animals to another by non-genetic means (e.g. by imprinting or imitation). Behaviour may be modified culturally, so that while individuals usually behave in a traditional way, traditional behaviour in the same species may vary widely from one population to another.