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Friday, June 20, 2014

agrarian

\uh-GRAIR-ee-uhn\ , adjective;
1.
rural; agricultural.
2.
relating to land, land tenure, or the division of landed property: agrarian laws.
3.
pertaining to the advancement of agricultural groups: an agrarian movement.
4.
composed of or pertaining to farmers: an agrarian co-op.
5.
growing in fields; wild: an agrarian plant.
noun:
1.
a person who favors the equal division of landed property and the advancement of agricultural groups.
Quotes:
"...Ships cost three times what they once did because wages rise and tools grow dearer. We're at the start of an industrial age. Industry will eventually lower costs, but not yet." "And, the South is still agrarian." "It will always be agrarian"...
-- Eugenia Price, Savannah, 1983
It is not surprising, therefore, that President Washington, whose viewpoint was neither strictly agrarian nor entirely commercial and who strove to steer a middle course between the two, accepted the financial ideas of his gifted Secretary of the Treasury.
-- Samuel K. Padover, Jefferson, 1952
Origin:
Agrarian entered English in the late 1500s. It finds it roots in the Latin term ager meaning "field."
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