American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The condition of being rustic.
- n. A rustic trait or mannerism.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or character of being rustic; rural existence, flavor, appearance, manners, or the like; especially, simplicity or homeliness of manner; and hence, in a bad sense, ignorance, clownishness, or boorishness.
- n. Anything betokening a rustic life or origin; especially, an error or defect due to ignorance of the world or of the usages of polite society.
- n. That which makes something rustic.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The quality or state of being rustic; rustic manners; rudeness; simplicity; artlessness.
- n. the quality of being rustic or gauche
- rustic + -ity (Wiktionary)
“Let us suppose, for example, a society of men so passionately devoted to hunting as to make it their sole employment; they would doubtless contract thereby a kind of rusticity and fierceness.”
“French farmyards, stubble-thatched cottages, and all the rusticity which is so charming in nature draws continually group after group of artists from Paris to this particular spot at all seasons of the year.”
“People built themselves elaborate palaces in the wilderness, and lived in a fantastic kind of rusticity, with every luxury of civilisation included.”
“This manner repels the neighbouring proprietors -- a fact that he does not at all regret, for they do not belong to his monde, and they have in their manners and habits a free-and-easy rusticity which is positively disagreeable to him.”
“There is certainly a lack of polish, a kind of rusticity, notwithstanding which you feel him to be a man of the world.”
“Zagal, without waiting to receive the courtesies of the Spanish nobles, threw himself from his horse, and advanced towards Ferdinand with the design of kissing his hand; but the latter, rebuking his followers for their "rusticity," in allowing such an act of humiliation in the unfortunate monarch, prevailed on him to remount, and then rode by his side towards Almeria.”
“How many have I known that would not have their vices hid? nay, and, to be noted, live like Antipodes to others in the same city? never see the sun rise or set in so many years, but be as they were watching a corpse by torch-light; would not sin the common way, but held that a kind of rusticity; they would do it new, or contrary, for the infamy; they were ambitious of living backward; and at last arrived at that, as they would love nothing but the vices, not the vicious customs.”
“Virgil's shepherds are too well read in the philosophy of Epicurus and of Plato"; "there is a kind of rusticity in all those pompous verses, somewhat of a holiday shepherd strutting in his country buskins";  "Theocritus is softer than Ovid, he touches the passions more delicately, and performs all this out of his own fund, without diving into the arts and sciences for a supply.”
“And, very urban though they were, they were not incongruous with rusticity.”
“Domaine Yves Cuilleron Grapes at Mr. Cuilleron's domaine Fortunately, there are now many excellent makers working these slopes, some of them very consciously adhering to the traditions of their ancestors, without necessarily emulating the dubious hygiene of some of the old cellars, which accounted for some of the alleged "rusticity" of the old-school juice.”
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