idyl·lic | \ī-ˈdi-lik, chiefly British i-\

Definition of idyllic 

1 : pleasing or picturesque in natural simplicity

2 : of, relating to, or being an idyll

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idyllically \ī-ˈdi-li-k(ə-)lē, chiefly British i- \ adverb

Examples of idyllic in a Sentence

He had an idyllic childhood. an idyllic retreat in the countryside

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There’s a 10 mph speed limit and no wakeboarding, water skiing or personal watercraft allowed, so the lake feels like a step back in time, quiet, pretty and idyllic. Tom Stienstra,, "High Sierra paradise for free (and for sale)," 21 June 2018 But something’s a bit out of the ordinary in this idyllic setting, as a familiar greyhound plods past Bernard. Mike Bloom, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Westworld' Podcast: 'Phase Space' Changes Park Perspectives and Aspects," 31 May 2018 Even the idyllic climate of San Diego could not escape the trend of soaring temperatures in the southern part of the state. Michael Mcgough And Cassie Dickman, sacbee, "Planning a weekend road trip? Heat and fires throughout California might make it tough," 6 July 2018 Velociraptor Blue is shown checking out a seemingly idyllic suburban neighborhood. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Spoilers: What does the wild ending of 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' mean?," 24 June 2018 This woman told her then of her ordered and seemingly idyllic family life in a small town where the hours were marked by the ringing of beautiful bells. New York Times, "Rachel Cusk Strips the Novel Down to Its Frame. Again.," 6 June 2018 But soon, the seemingly idyllic love story takes a grim turn. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "The Crushing True Story Behind 'Adrift'—and How Tami Oldham Ashcraft Survived at Sea," 30 May 2018 There, Hughes’s design teams built experimental aircraft, including the Spruce Goose, in surroundings now more idyllic than military-industrial. Geoff Manaugh, The Atlantic, "Los Angeles, America’s Future Spaceport," 17 May 2018 The scene unfolds before a stunned, disbelieving public: A seemingly idyllic family is gone in a flash of violence. Andrew Theen,, "Deadly Hart crash stands out for experts who study family annihilators," 7 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of idyllic

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of idyllic

: very peaceful, happy, and enjoyable

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