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ru·ral

 (ro͝or′əl)
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of the country.
2. Of or relating to people who live in the country: rural households.
3. Of or relating to farming; agricultural.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin rūrālis, from rūs, rūr-, country; see reuə- in Indo-European roots.]

ru′ral·ly adv.
Synonyms: rural, bucolic, rustic, pastoral
These adjectives all mean of or typical of the country as distinguished from the city. Rural applies to sparsely settled or agricultural country: "I do love quiet, rural England" (George Meredith).
Bucolic is often used pejoratively or facetiously of country people or their manners: "The keenest of bucolic minds felt a whispering awe at the sight of the gentry" (George Eliot).
Rustic frequently suggests a lack of sophistication or elegance, but it may also connote artless and pleasing simplicity: "some rustic phrases which I had learned at the farmer's house" (Jonathan Swift).
The hiker slept in a charming, rustic cottage. Pastoral, which evokes the image of shepherds, sheep, and verdant countryside, suggests serenity: The train passed through pastoral landscapes.

rural

(ˈrʊərəl)
adj
1. of, relating to, or characteristic of the country or country life
2. living in or accustomed to the country
3. (Agriculture) of, relating to, or associated with farming
[C15: via Old French from Latin rūrālis, from rūs the country]
ˈruralism n
ˈruralist n
ruˈrality n
ˈrurally adv

ru•ral

(ˈrʊər əl)

adj.
1. characteristic of the country, country life, or country people; rustic.
2. living in the country.
3. of or pertaining to agriculture.
[1375–1425; < Middle French < Latin rūrālis=rūr-, s. of rūs the country, rural land + -ālis -al1]
ru′ral•ism, n.
ru′ral•ly, adv.
syn: rural and rustic are terms that refer to the country. rural is the neutral term: rural education. It is also used subjectively, usu. in a favorable sense: the charm of rural life. rustic may have either favorable or unfavorable connotations. In a derogatory sense, it means provincial, boorish, or crude; in a favorable sense, it may suggest simplicity and lack of sophistication: rustic manners.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.rural - living in or characteristic of farming or country life; "rural people"; "large rural households"; "unpaved rural roads"; "an economy that is basically rural"
urban - located in or characteristic of a city or city life; "urban property owners"; "urban affairs"; "urban manners"
2.rural - of or relating to the countryside as opposed to the city; "rural electrification"; "rural free delivery"

rural

adjective
1. agricultural, country, farming, agrarian, upcountry, agrestic These plants grow in the more rural areas.
2. rustic, country, hick (informal, chiefly U.S. & Canad.), pastoral, bucolic, sylvan, Arcadian, countrified the old rural way of life
rustic city, town, urban, cosmopolitan

rural

adjective
Of or relating to the countryside:
Informal: hick.
Translations
ريفي، قَرَويرِيفِيّ
venkovský
landligrural
maaseudun
ruralan
sveita-, landsbyggîar-
田舎の
시골의
lauku-
podeželski
lantlig
ในชนบท
kırsaltaşraya ait
nông thôn

rural

[ˈrʊərəl] ADJrural
rural developmentdesarrollo m rural
rural planningplanificación f rural

rural

[ˈrʊərəl] adjrural(e)rural development ndéveloppement m ruralrural planning naménagement m rural

rural

adj
(= of the countryside)ländlich; poverty, crimeauf dem Land; rural landländlicher Raum; rural development programme or (US) programländliches Entwicklungsprogramm; rural workerLandarbeiter(in) m(f); rural doctorLandarzt m/-ärztin f; rural policemanDorfpolizist m; rural Englanddas ländliche England; Ireland used to be largely a rural countryIrland war früher hauptsächlich ein Agrarstaat
(= rustic) landscapebäuerlich; accentdörflich

rural

:
rural depopulation
rural deprivation
nStrukturschwäche fin ländlichen Gebieten
rural district
n (Brit Admin) → Landbezirk m
rural life
nLandleben nt
rural planning
rural population

rural

[ˈrʊərl] adj (gen) → rurale; (scene) → campestre; (life) → di campagna
rural depopulation → deruralizzazione f

rural

(ˈruərəl) adjective
of the countryside. a rural area.

rural

رِيفِيّ venkovský landlig ländlich αγροτικός rural maaseudun rural ruralan rurale 田舎の 시골의 landelijk landlig wiejski rural сельский lantlig ในชนบท kırsal nông thôn 乡村的

rural

adj rural
References in classic literature ?
He wanted to cure himself of the habit of drink, and thought that by escaping from his city associates and living in a rural community he would have a better chance in the struggle with the appetite that was destroying him.
Cleric had explained to us that `patria' here meant, not a nation or even a province, but the little rural neighbourhood on the Mincio where the poet was born.
Phoebe, it must be understood, was that one little offshoot of the Pyncheon race to whom we have already referred, as a native of a rural part of New England, where the old fashions and feelings of relationship are still partially kept up.
All other scenes of earth -- even that village of rural England, where happy infancy and stainless maidenhood seemed yet to be in her mother's keeping, like garments put off long ago -- were foreign to her, in comparison.
Nicholas when they crossed, there lies a small market town or rural port, which by some is called Greensburgh, but which is more generally and properly known by the name of Tarry Town.
Nor does it at all diminish the curiousness of this matter, that to many thousands of our rural boys and young men born along its line, the probationary life of the Grand Canal furnishes the sole transition between quietly reaping in a Christian corn-field, and recklessly ploughing the waters of the most barbaric seas.
Manifestly not, since some work is easy and some hard, and we should have millions of rural mail carriers, and no coal miners.
No one who is unfamiliar with life in rural neighborhoods can imagine the gravity, the importance, the solemnity of this last day of school.
Neither courting nor avoiding notice; simply happy in themselves, in their children, and in their quiet rural life; unsuspected by the few neighbors who formed their modest circle of acquaintance to be other than what they seemed -- the truth in their case, as in the cases of many others, remained undiscovered until accident forced it into the light of day.
The lives of those rural forefathers, whom we are apt to think very prosaic figures--men whose only work was to ride round their land, getting heavier and heavier in their saddles, and who passed the rest of their days in the half-listless gratification of senses dulled by monotony--had a certain pathos in them nevertheless.
So on he fares, and to the border comes Of EDEN, where delicious Paradise, Now nearer, Crowns with her enclosure green, As with a rural mound the champain head Of a steep wilderness, whose hairie sides With thicket overgrown, grottesque and wilde, Access deni'd; and over head up grew Insuperable highth of loftiest shade, Cedar, and Pine, and Firr, and branching Palm, A Silvan Scene, and as the ranks ascend Shade above shade, a woodie Theatre Of stateliest view.
It was a scene of bustle and life, as if the whole vicinity had poured forth its inhabitants to a village wake, or rural feast.