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Arcadian

[ahr-key-dee-uh n]
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adjective
  1. of Arcadia.
  2. rural, rustic, or pastoral, especially suggesting simple, innocent contentment.
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noun
  1. a native of Arcadia.
  2. the dialect of ancient Greek spoken in Arcadia.
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Origin of Arcadian

First recorded in 1580–90; Arcadi(a) + -an
Related formsAr·ca·di·an·ism, nounAr·ca·di·an·ly, adverb
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Related Words

provincial, bucolic, country, rustic, simple, innocent, countrified, idyllic, peaceful, rural

Examples from the Web for arcadian

Historical Examples

  • Clearly when he does what the man is said to do in the tale of the Arcadian temple of Lycaean Zeus.

    The Republic

    Plato

  • Meanwhile most of the Arcadian contingents were mustering at Asea.

    Hellenica

    Xenophon

  • That being so, they were quite ready to accept an Arcadian alliance.

    Hellenica

    Xenophon

  • The duty of the second, under the command of Pyrrhias the Arcadian, was to follow in the centre.

    Anabasis

    Xenophon

  • Agias the Arcadian and Socrates the Achæan were also put to death.


British Dictionary definitions for arcadian

Arcadian

adjective
  1. of or relating to Arcadia or its inhabitants, esp the idealized Arcadia of pastoral poetry
  2. rustic or bucolica life of Arcadian simplicity
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noun
  1. an inhabitant of Arcadia
  2. a person who leads or prefers a quiet simple rural life
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Derived FormsArcadianism, noun
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Word Origin and History for arcadian

Arcadian

"ideally rustic or rural; an idealized rustic," 1580s, from Greek Arkadia, district in the Peloponnesus, taken by poets as an ideal region of rural felicity, traditionally from Arkas (genitive Arkadas), son of Zeus, name of the founder and first ruler of Arcadia.

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