Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who resides in a rural area.
  • n. An advocate of rural life.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One that exhibits characteristics or qualities of rural life; one that exhibists or believes in ruralism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who leads a rural life.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who leads a rural life.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a man who lives in the country and has country ways
  • n. an advocate of rural living

Etymologies

rural +‎ -ist (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I would love to get out there and do just that, but I'm a ruralist — not always by choice.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • I suspect they are partly responsible for the ruralist strain you still find in my politics.

    Archive 2008-06-01

  • Ultimately pagan in its presuppositions, perennialism is used today to promote the victory of an anti-Catholic, secularist, rightist, racist, misogynist, ruralist movement.

    The Smear Reports

  • It has transformed pro-urban, non-ruralist calls for Catholic Social criticism—like my own-- into back-to-the-land Distributist arguments which bear no relation to them, and all Distributist arguments into neo-Communo-Nazi propaganda five minutes away from overturning the foundations of Holy Church.

    The Smear Reports

  • Harper appeared to align himself strongly with the conservative, ruralist Union Nationale which, under Duplessis, ruled Quebec for 15 years beginning in 1944.

    Harper appeals to Quebec nationalists

  • The lone fisherman of the Isaak Walton type had become, in the New World, the wood-walker, the flower-hunter, the bird-fancier, the berry-picker, and many another variety of the modern ruralist.

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • He was a type of the southern ruralist, broad, flapping straw hat, home-woven shirt, cottonade trousers, one suspender.

    Old Ebenezer

  • And here let us say that the mere dilettante and the amateur ruralist may as well keep their hands off.

    Old Portraits, Part 1, from Volume VI., The Works of Whittier: Old Portraits and Modern Sketches

  • Yet, he still embodies many of the older ruralist sentiments that thrived here in an era defined by man-versus-nature.

    Reuters: Press Release

  • Celebrities of every political hue have joined in the party, from Jeremy Clarkson, who complains that his birds peck him, to nouveau-ruralist Liz Hurley and battery-chicken rescuers Pam Ayres and Amanda Holden.

    Telegraph.co.uk: news, business, sport, the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Sunday Telegraph

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