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[ahy-dil-ik] /aɪˈdɪl ɪk/
suitable for or suggestive of an idyll; charmingly simple or rustic:
his idyllic life in Tahiti.
of, relating to, or characteristic of an idyll.
Origin of idyllic
1855-60; idyll + -ic
Related forms
idyllically, adverb
nonidyllic, adjective
nonidyllically, adverb
unidyllic, adjective
1. unspoiled, sylvan, pastoral, arcadian. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for idyllic
  • The idyllic image of the small village cannot be re-created through modern electronic technology.
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  • With idyllic beaches, volcanic hills and plentiful cocoa, the new president may even be able make good his promise.
  • Unlike the childhood poems, these are not programmatically idyllic.
  • His childhood was anything but idyllic and for much of his later life he suffered from under-confidence and depression.
  • Her idyllic property has eight historic barns on it, and this was the third attempt to torch them.
  • The courtyard, once an idyllic spot full of happy children, was suddenly crowded with idling limousines.
  • But beneath the idyllic surface is a darkly modern tale of obsession and paranoia fueled by instruments of a digital age.
  • It's picturesque scenes of idyllic farms and country roads glimpsed through a car window.
  • The family has a quiet and apparently idyllic domestic life.
British Dictionary definitions for idyllic


/ɪˈdɪlɪk; aɪ-/
of or relating to an idyll
charming; picturesque
Derived Forms
idyllically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for idyllic

"full of natural, simple charm," 1831, literally "suitable for an idyll" (late 18c. in sense "pertaining to an idyll"); from idyll + -ic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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