“As a barbeque aficionado, I think nothing could be better than grilling my meat in a bucolic setting, in rural Idaho or perhaps even Tuscany, Italy!”

According to what’s shown above, what is the best definition of bucolic?

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Choice A - Characteristic of urban or city life
Choice B - Related to cooking or culinary art
Choice C - Characteristic of a foreign country or its people
Choice D - Typical of or related to an idealized country life


Bucolic (adjective) – of, or relating to, an idealized country life; or, idyllic

Bucolic (noun) – a pastoral poem about rural life  

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Some English majors may be familiar with “pastorals,” or bucolic poetry that idealizes country life. In this tradition, poets extol the imagined virtues and romance of rural life, uncorrupted by urban vices. Nobody writes them anymore, but if you get the idea, then you can grasp the meaning of bucolic. The adjective bucolic is used to describe something (often a place or a setting) that is related to country life; however, it is important to realize that the term connotes an idealized, or idyllic, version of this lifestyle and NOT a realistic representation of what country life entails. To remember this word, maybe you can think of bucolic BBQing – for BBQ aficionados, perhaps nothing could be better than grilling meat in an idyllic country (bucolic) setting.

Example sentences:

“He had never been out of the city; nevertheless, he was notorious for extolling the virtues of the bucolic life.”

“When I was a child, I often dreamed of living in a bucolic country cottage with a small pond.”