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- Advocacy of rural life instead of urbanism or city living.
- Rural living.
1894, Mrs. Humphry Ward, Marcella:
- Here, for the first time, had Marcella been brought face to face with the agricultural world as it is--no stage ruralism, but the bare fact in one of its most pitiful aspects.
- The state or quality of being rustic.
1994 April 8, Peter Margasak, “Kahil El'Zabar, Malachi Favors, Billy Bang”, in Chicago Reader:
- The beautifully hypnotic patterns that have become an earmark, of the Ritual Trio are well suited to Bang's varied solo flights; on the album's affecting "Pedro," Bang's rough violin scrapes convey a backwoodsy ruralism, recalling the rootsy fiddle playing of southern prewar black string bands, while the title track with its propulsive near-swing finds him putting out a wild, Ornette-ish sound splash.
2007 September 8, David Hajdu, “Tenor of the Times”, in New York Times:
- He had a robust earthiness that signified authenticity, especially to Americans of the postwar era who prized ruralism and took vernacular artists to be truer, more legitimate, than trained urban professionals.
- (countable) A rural idiom or expression.
- (advocacy of rural living): agrarianism
- (state or quality of being rural or rustic): rusticity, backwoodsiness; rurality, ruralness, rusticism