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georgic Line breaks: geor|gic
Pronunciation: /ˈdʒɔːdʒɪk/

Definition of georgic in English:


1A poem or book dealing with agriculture or rural topics.
Example sentences
  • English imperial georgics describe imperial expansion in such a way that virtuous, civilizing labor is rendered infinitely progressive.
  • Newbery published his first collection of verse, Poems on Several Occasions, which included a blank-verse georgic in two books, ‘The Hop-Garden’, and lighter verse.
  • Bohls's comments on the eighteenth-century georgic are important and provide links to earlier essays in the volume.
1.1 (Georgics) The title of a poetic treatise by Virgil.


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Rustic; pastoral.
Example sentences
  • Through his continued application of georgic strategies, he is returned to a truly Virgilian sense of the extreme volatility of the labor of imperial regeneration.
  • A full-length study of georgic poetry in colonial and early United States literature remains to be written.
  • Through a truly imperial application of synecdoche, this georgic trajectory of empire occludes the dark sides of commerce and conquest.


Early 16th century: via Latin from Greek geōrgikos, from geōrgos 'farmer'.

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