culture vulture

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Noun[edit]

culture vulture (plural culture vultures)

  1. (informal, humorous) A person with a rapacious, possibly forced, interest in the arts.
    • 1984, Elizabeth Mary Wilkinson, Michael Hamburger, Goethe Revisited: A Collection of Essays
      [] we can see that this is a man of the living theatre who was not interested in a culture-vulture audience.
    • 2001, Christine Olga Kiebuzinska, Intertextual Loops in Modern Drama:
      [] a failed composer who thinks himself to be Webern's successor, and his pretentious wife, a culture vulture.
    • 2008, Susie Whalley, Lisa Jackson, Running Made Easy
      Be a culture vulture by going to the ballet, opera or a classical concert.
    • 2012, Andrew Martin, Underground Overground: A passenger's history of the Tube, Profile Books, →ISBN, pages 151, 152:
      A through northbound service to Finsbury Park [] was the 'Theatre Express'. It was meant to serve theatre-goers who lived on the main-line stops beyond Finsbury Park, say, Enfield. [] But there weren't enough culture vultures in places like Enfield to justify the service.