from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The condition of being rustic.
  • noun A rustic trait or mannerism.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality or state of being rustic; rustic manners; rudeness; simplicity; artlessness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun That which makes something rustic.

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

  • noun the quality of being rustic or gauche


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rustic +‎ -ity


  • 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.

    The Automobilist Abroad

  • 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.

    Primitive Psycho-Therapy and Quackery

  • People built themselves elaborate palaces in the wilderness, and lived in a fantastic kind of rusticity, with every luxury of civilisation included.

    The Moneychangers

  • 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.

    Passages from the English Notebooks, Complete

  • There is certainly a lack of polish, a kind of rusticity, notwithstanding which you feel him to be a man of the world.

    Passages from the English Notebooks, Volume 1.

  • 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.

    The History of the Reign of Ferdinand and Isabella the Catholic — Volume 2

  • 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.

    Discoveries Made Upon Men and Matter and Some Poems

  • "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"; [85] "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.

    Among My Books First Series

  • And, very urban though they were, they were not incongruous with rusticity.

    Archive 2009-05-01


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