View synonyms for idyllic


[ ahy-dil-ik ]


  1. (of a setting or event) suitable for or suggestive of pastoral literature or art, which portrays an idealized scene of peace, charm, and rustic simplicity:

    You won't find a more idyllic spot for a wedding.

    Synonyms: arcadian, pastoral, sylvan

  2. relating to or characteristic of an idyll, a mode of literature or art which portrays an idealized rustic life of peace, charm, and simplicity:

    The painting’s every detail fulfills the idyllic trope of a bounteous natural world freely offering itself.

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Other Words From

  • i·dyl·li·cal·ly adverb
  • non·i·dyl·lic adjective
  • non·i·dyl·li·cal·ly adverb
  • un·i·dyl·lic adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of idyllic1

First recorded in 1855–60; idyll + -ic

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Example Sentences

After nightfall, Klein and her husband, who together own an IT consulting business, returned to check on their house, in an idyllic cul-de-sac that represented the dream of her immigrant family from El Salvador.

Now, Lurie lives on an idyllic Caribbean island and spends much of his time painting.

From Time

The dry season, which runs November through March, can be idyllic and mild, with lows in the fifties and highs in the seventies.

This year, the selection committee submitted The Milkmaid, a beautifully shot, predominantly Hausa language thriller that follows two sisters who are thrust from their idyllic existence when insurgents attack their village.

From Ozy

Even though organizers of the 1977 Conference and Torch Relay leaned heavily into the idea of multiculturalism, it wasn’t idyllic, says Amira Rose Davis, assistant professor at Penn State University and co-host of the Burn It All Down podcast.

Despite the confinement, those early years were often idyllic.

But then, just when we feared that the Cox we suspected we knew was about to get too schmaltzy, too idyllic, she adds a caveat.

Where the love stories are romantic but real, idyllic yet flawed.

For starters, the idyllic town near the Jersey Shore already has a Walmart.

On one side: concerned, alert residents who wish to keep their idyllic Oregon communities safe.

There a hearty welcome from his relations awaited him, and all the idyllic enjoyments of the country.

Then, as though grown weary of the idyllic romance she was composing, Fortune donned the tragic robes of Nemesis.

His projected trip around the world lost its charm in the light of this idyllic dream.

We may wish that he had left us a chapter of that idyllic journey, but it will never be written now.

In fact, her description of their life in the pretty chateau they have rented outside of Paris is quite idyllic.


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