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Definition characteristic of rural life; simple without refined touches
  • "Maycomb County Ad Astra Per Aspera." ... "That means," said Mrs. Merriweather, translating for the rustic elements, "from the mud to the stars."
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
rustic = characteristic of a simple life without refined touches (such as knowing Latin)
  • Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, which sits in the mountains of rural, redneck California, is rustic by anyone's standards.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • Their guns—some were rifles, other pistols—looked .... archaic, rustic.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • —there stands a rustic dwelling which you can make me prouder of, than all the hopes I have renounced, measured a thousandfold.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • He reminisced about the stimulating conversations that took place in rustic pubs over warm beer.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • Like many hip restaurants, it feels as if someone spent a lot of time and money to make it look rustic and down-trodden.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • But my name, Pan ... originally it meant rustic.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • They were quintessentially Southern, and she remembered seeing many of these rustic scenes on her journey through North Carolina.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Safe Haven
  • There was a seat for Mr. Peggotty too, but he preferred to stand, leaning his hand on the small rustic table.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • "Laurie, when are you going to your grandfather?" she asked presently, as she settled herself on a rustic seat.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • He was a benign figure, a little rustic, and his hair was white.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • ' 'No,' said Frodo, feeling strangely rustic and untutored.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • The gate-keeper let him in through the same stiff crevice as before, and he passed through the court and over the little rustic bridge on the moat.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • They could all hear the clock ticking in the corner, the one my mother had called our "rustic colonial clock."
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • Even today, tickets and ticket-clipping are dark oppression to Indian rustics.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • ] [Enter Twelve Rustics, habited like Satyrs.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Winter's Tale
  • In his recruit's uniform he leans on a round rustic table with legs made of birch branches.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Rustic manners, forest manners, in a setting not of the forest.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • The men I saw were not rustic heroes, just criminals, stealing from nature.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin'
  • Sleep I sing—I, who am unmelodious and hear no music save rustic music when a dog barks, a bell tinkles, or wheels crunch upon the gravel.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves

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