DEFINITION: a force that causes something to be done or to become more active; stimulation or encouragement resulting in increased activity
SENTENCE: Paula falling and breaking her hand was unfortunate, but it did serve as the impetus for the city to repair the old playground, which was helpful.
SYNONYMS: catalyst, force, push
ANTONYMS: hindrance, block, impediment
DEFINITION: of or relating to the country or country life; having to do with the countryside, shepherds, flocks of sheep, or rural life
SENTENCE: A small, bucolic area provides good escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
SYNONYMS: rural, peaceful, scenic
ANTONYMS: urban, metropolitan, municipal
DEFINITION: having the simplicity, charm, serenity, or other characteristics generally attributed to rural areas; having or representing the pleasant, traditional features of the countryside
SENTENCE: The Hudson River School specialized in painting the pastoral beauty of America's unspoiled landscape.
SYNONYMS: simple, serene, charming
DEFINITION: associated with the simple, artless, or unsophisticated life in the countryside; suitable for the countryside due to attractive simplicity
SENTENCE: Sometimes rustic pleasures like heat from a wood fire and being alone in a cabin with no electricity are nicer than having a big group of people talking and partying.
SYNONYMS: simple, scenic, untouched
DEFINITION: the state of having control over emotions, esp. in a difficult situation; calmness and evenness of mind under pressure
SENTENCE: It was hard for the president to keep his equanimity when he heard of the disaster in the coal mine, but he quickly lifted his head and acted like the leader his people had elected him to be.