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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Definitions for Arcadian

  1. rural, rustic, or pastoral, especially suggesting simple, innocent contentment.
  2. of Arcadia.
  3. a native of Arcadia.

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Citations for Arcadian
From that pleasant slumber, and a dream of Heaven knows what life of Arcadian simplicity, of rippling streams and soft-eyed shepherdesses, he was destined to be somewhat suddenly, if not rudely, aroused, as Franchetti introduced a stranger who would accept no denial. Charles Lever, The Fortunes of Glencore, 1857
There had been a gorgeous sunset, and now the moon came up, nearly full and shedding a silver flood over the plain, the distant mountainside, and the curious low mounds that rose here and there. It was a peaceful Arcadian scene, but knowing what it hid I hated it. H. P. Lovecraft, "The Lurking Fear," Home Brew, April 1923
Origin of Arcadian
Arcadia, in the central Peloponnesus, has no outlet to the sea and is very mountainous, even for Greece. Because the population of ancient Arcadia for the most part lived in small villages in mountain valleys, Arcadia played only a very small role in the tumultuous political life of the Greeks. Arcadia was also poor, and from the early 5th century b.c., its chief export was mercenary soldiers. Theocritus, a Greek poet who flourished about 270 b.c., was the first to set his poems in Arcadia as an ideal rural spot. Arcadian entered English in the 16th century.