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Ruritania

Syllabification: Ru·ri·ta·ni·a
Pronunciation: /ˌro͝oriˈtānēə
 
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Definition of Ruritania in English:

An imaginary kingdom in central Europe used as a fictional background for the adventure novels of courtly intrigue and romance written by Anthony Hope (1863–1933).

Origin

from rural, on the pattern of Lusitania.

Derivatives

Ruritanian

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Pronunciation: /-ˈtānēən/
adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • The bombardment was opened, from his Ruritanian fastness, by Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein; the second salvo came, obliquely as befits a constitutional sovereign, from our own Queen.
  • It makes for a dark tale, but pallid in comparison to the one emerging from Ukraine, where the story of how Viktor Yushchenko's face was changed, overnight, from rugged to ruined, has acquired a Ruritanian detail.
  • The curtain of obscurity that had hitherto hidden the Ruritanian doings of the Grimaldis was removed instantly at the beginning of 1956 with the announcement of Rainier's engagement to Grace Kelly.

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