rural


rural
rural, *rustic, pastoral, bucolic are comparable when they mean of or characteristic of the country as distinguished from city life.
Rural is the most comprehensive term; in its widest meaning it implies open country whether uninhabited or sparsely settled; more narrowly it suggests agricultural pursuits or simple community life. In distinction from rustic, however, rural suggests the pleasant aspects of country life; rustic commonly implies a contrast with the refinements of the city or the town and often connotes rudeness or lack of polish
{

he had no taste for rural loveliness, green fields and vineyards . . . but he would often have his tongue in his cheek at the simplicity of rustic dupes— Stevenson

}
Pastoral and bucolic derive some or most of their connotations from the literary treatment of rural life.
Pastoral, when it does not refer directly to the life of shepherds, suggests either green pastures and grazing sheep or a life primitive in its simplicity or idyllic in its peace and apartness from the world
{

to pastoral dales, thin-set with modest farms— Wordsworth

}
{

no more shall . . . Peace pipe on her pastoral hillock a languid note— Tennyson

}
Bucolic, a curiously dichot- omous word, may be a close synonym of pastoral in stressing the charm of rural environment and life
{

there is here a bucolic atmosphere of peculiar beauty and inspiration— Sacheverell Sitwell

}
or may come close to rustic in emphasizing the crudity and lack of refinement of rural life or people
{

to give up all the city's life ... for the bucolic tedium of a Pennsylvania farm—he couldn't do it— Wolfe

}

New Dictionary of Synonyms. 2014.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Rural — areas can be large and isolated (also referred to as the country, and/or the countryside) over the course of time. According to William Howarth, author of “The Value of Rural Life in American Culture,” rural communities were dominant in the… …   Wikipedia

  • rural — rural, ale, aux [ ryral, o ] adj. • 1350; lat. tardif ruralis, de rus, ruris « campagne » ♦ Qui concerne la vie dans les campagnes, qui concerne les paysans. Exploitation rurale, domaine rural. Habitat rural. ⇒ campagnard, paysan. Gîte rural.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Rural — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Paisaje de la meseta castellana El espacio rural resulta tan difícil de definir, como el espacio urbano. Atendiendo a su calificación urbanística, se define por oposición: medio rural (o campo) es la parte de un… …   Wikipedia Español

  • rural — RURÁL, Ă, rurali, adj. De (la) sat; sătesc. ♢ (În vechea organizare administrativă) Comună rurală = cea mai mică unitate administrativă, condusă de un primar. – Din fr. rural. Trimis de ana zecheru, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DEX 98  RURÁL adj. 1.… …   Dicționar Român

  • Rural — Ru ral, a. [F., fr. L. ruralis, fr. rus, ruris, the country. Cf. {Room} space, {Rustic}.] 1. Of or pertaining to the country, as distinguished from a city or town; living in the country; suitable for, or resembling, the country; rustic; as, rural …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rural — rural, ale (ru ral , ra l ) adj. Qui appartient aux champs, à la campagne. Biens ruraux. La vie rurale. Les moeurs rurales. •   Esprits ruraux volontiers sont jaloux, LA FONT. Féronde..    Doyen rural, curé commis par l évêque pour avoir… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • rural — ru‧ral [ˈrʊərəl ǁ ˈrʊr ] adjective happening in or connected with the countryside, not the city: • a rural development program * * * rural UK US /ˈrʊərəl/ adjective ► in or from the countryside: »the rural economy »The difficulties facing rural… …   Financial and business terms

  • rural — adjetivo 1. Del campo, de sus labores o de sus gentes: casa rural, novela rural, población rural, costumbres rurales. mundo rural. Antónimo: urbano. sustantivo femenino 1. Origen: Arge …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • Rural! — Rural ! Rural ! est un album de bande dessinée en noir et blanc. Scénario et dessins : Étienne Davodeau Préface : José Bové Analyse Le livre est un exemple de BD reportage, c est à dire la mise en image d un reportage quasi… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • rural — (adj.) early 15c., from O.Fr. rural (14c.), from L. ruralis of the countryside, from rus (gen. ruris) open land, country, from PIE *rur open space (Cf. O.C.S. ravinu level, O.Ir. roi, roe plain field, O.E. rum space; see …   Etymology dictionary