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1‘he became the greatest ruler the country had known’
state, nation, sovereign state, kingdom, realm, territory, province, principality, palatinate, duchy, empire, commonwealth
2‘I had a chance of representing my country’
homeland, native land, native soil, fatherland, motherland, mother country, country of origin, birthplace
the land of one's birth, the land of one's fathers, the old country, one's roots, one's home
3‘they travelled through thickly forested country’
terrain, land, territory, parts
landscape, scenery, setting, surroundings, environment
4‘the president made televised speeches to the country’
people, public, general public, population, populace, community, citizenry, nation, body politic, collective
inhabitants, residents, citizens, electors, voters, taxpayers, ratepayers, grass roots
British informal Joe Public
5‘in 1700, ninety per cent of the population lived in the country’
countryside, green belt, great outdoors
provinces, backwoods, wilds, wilderness, hinterland
a rural area, a rural district
farmland, agricultural land
Australian outback, bush, back country, backblocks, booay
South African backveld, platteland
informal sticks, back of beyond, middle of nowhere
North American informal boondocks, boonies, tall timbers
Australian informal Woop Woop, beyond the black stump
1‘she loved fresh air and country pursuits’
rural, countryside, outdoor, rustic, pastoral, bucolic
agrarian, agricultural, farming
literary sylvan, Arcadian
rare georgic, agrestic, exurban
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