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idyllic

[ahy-dil-ik] /aɪˈdɪl ɪk/
adjective
1.
suitable for or suggestive of an idyll; charmingly simple or rustic:
his idyllic life in Tahiti.
2.
of, relating to, or characteristic of an idyll.
Origin of idyllic
1855-1860
First recorded in 1855-60; idyll + -ic
Related forms
idyllically, adverb
nonidyllic, adjective
nonidyllically, adverb
unidyllic, adjective
Synonyms
1. unspoiled, sylvan, pastoral, arcadian.
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  • When we arrived in camp, an idyllic scene was being enacted.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • Note: “Rose of Evening” is one of the most idyllic of Chinese art fairy-tales.

  • These sweet and idyllic notes are often interposed in some of the very grimmest of our ballads.

    The Balladists John Geddie
  • The love of Marx and his wife for each other was beautiful and idyllic.

    Socialism John Spargo
  • It is full of poetry, and of idyllic charm with all its stately solemnity.

    Luca Signorelli

    Maud Cruttwell
British Dictionary definitions for idyllic

idyllic

/ɪˈdɪlɪk; aɪ-/
adjective
1.
of or relating to an idyll
2.
charming; picturesque
Derived Forms
idyllically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for idyllic
adj.

"full of natural, simple charm," 1831, literally "suitable for an idyll" (late 18c. in sense "pertaining to an idyll"); from idyll + -ic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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