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"Educado" is an adjective which is often translated as "polite", and "culto" is an adjective which is often translated as "cultured". Learn more about the difference between "educado" and "culto" below.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (having good manners)
a. polite
Conmigo siempre ha sido muy educado.He has always been very polite with me.
b. well-mannered
Muy educada no es. Se comporta como una niñata egoísta.She's not very well-mannered. She behaves like a selfish, spoiled brat.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (showing good education)
a. cultured
Para ser un hombre de un pueblito, Ron es muy culto.For a man from a small town, Ron's very cultured.
b. educated
Mi abuela fue una mujer culta y ampliamente respetada en su tiempo.My grandmother was an educated and widely respected woman in her time.
2. (erudite)
a. learned
Luis piensa que con usar palabras cultas va a causar mejor impresión.Luis thinks that by using learned words he'll make a better impression.
b. highbrow
A Alma solo le interesa leer literatura culta.Alma's only interested in reading highbrow literature.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
3. (veneration)
a. worship
El culto a la Virgen de Guadalupe está muy extendido en México.The worship of the Virgin of Guadalupe is widespread in Mexico.
b. cult
No sé de dónde viene ese culto a la moda punk.I don't know where that cult of punk fashion comes from.
4. (tribute)
a. homage
Oscar escribió una novela de culto a su abuelo.Oscar wrote a novel as a homage to his grandfather.
5. (group)
a. cult
La policía ha detenido a varios miembros de un culto fanático.The police have arrested several members of a fanatical cult.
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