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arcadian

PRONUNCIATION:
(ahr-KAY-dee-uhn)

MEANING:
adjective: Idyllically pastoral: simple, peaceful.
noun: One leading a simple rural life.

ETYMOLOGY:
After Arcadia, a region of ancient Greece whose residents were believed to have led quiet, unsophisticated lives of peace and happiness.

USAGE:
"Farms, fields, cottages, what [photographer Kevin G. Malella] calls 'the Arcadian view', are blended with industrial images -- mostly nuclear cooling towers -- to create new landscapes that plop the environmentally hazardous engine of contemporary society into our nostalgically folksy lap."
Bob Hicks; Questioning Art's Rules and Roles; The Oregonian (Portland); Aug 21, 2009.

See more usage examples of arcadian in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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