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Synonyms for rural
ˈrʊər əl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rural(adj)

    living in or characteristic of farming or country life

    "rural people"; "large rural households"; "unpaved rural roads"; "an economy that is basically rural"

    citified, city-born, city-like, cityfied, urban, urbanized, city-bred, urbanised

  2. rural(adj)

    of or relating to the countryside as opposed to the city

    "rural electrification"; "rural free delivery"

    urbanized, city-bred, city-like, urbanised, urban, citified, cityfied, city-born


  1. rural(adjective)

    landly, campestral

    suburban, urban

  2. rural(adjective)

    pertaining to less-populated, non-urban areas

    landly, campestral

    urban, suburban

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. rural

    Rural and rustic are alike derived from the Latin rus, country, and may be alike defined as pertaining to, characteristic of, or dwelling in the country; but in usage rural refers especially to scenes or objects in the country, considered as the work of nature; rustic refers to their effect upon man or to their condition as affected by human agency; as, a rural scene; a rustic party; a rustic lass. We speak, however, of the rural population, rural simplicity, etc. Rural has always a favorable sense; rustic frequently an unfavorable one, as denoting a lack of culture and refinement; thus, rustic politeness expresses that which is well-meant, but awkward; similar ideas are suggested by a rustic feast, rustic garb, etc. Rustic is, however, often used of a studied simplicity, an artistic rudeness, which is pleasing and perhaps beautiful; as, a rustic cottage; a rustic chair. Pastoral refers to the care of flocks, and to the shepherd's life with the pleasing associations suggested by the old poetic ideal of that life; as, pastoral poetry. Bucolic is kindred to pastoral, but is a less elevated term, and sometimes slightly contemptuous.

    agricultural, artless, awkward, boorish, bucolic, clownish, coarse, countrified, country, hoidenish, inelegant, outlandish, pastoral, plain, rude, rustic, sylvan, uncouth, unpolished, unsophisticated, untaught, verdant

    accomplished, city-like, cultured, elegant, polished, polite, refined, urban, urbane, well-bred

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. rural

    countrified, rustic, agricultural, bucolic, verdant, sylvan, grassy, arcadian, pastoral

    urban, oppidan, civic

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. rural(a.)

    rustic, pastoral, country

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. rural(a)

    rustic, country, countrified, pastoral, bucolic, agrestic

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    rurale, countryside, rurales, agricultural, village, campesina, rural-based, peasant, wsi, villages

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How to use rural in a sentence?

  1. Prabhat Jha:

    These barriers typically affect the rural poor the most.

  2. Kazuo Shimizu:

    We can diagnose people even living in a rural place without a hospital over the phone using this technology with smart phones. This is what we are aiming for.

  3. Alvaro Jimenez:

    This is a historic decision that will eradicate a big threat facing farmers and communities in rural areas and change their daily reality, for demining operations to be completed by 2025, there needs to be an increase in the number of civilians and members of the armed forces involved in demining.

  4. Pat Dillingham:

    We are most proud to run into a country bar in the rural South and see our product is the only moonshine on the shelf. We’re honored when see that.

  5. Ashok Banskota:

    Most of these kids in rural Nepal have extremely hard lives, a lot of things we take for granted, they don't have. I am always amazed at how resilient these kids are.

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