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advocating or practicing a simpler way of life
Contemporary Examples

Of all the people to look up to for a back-to-nature stance, why the monster from Spahn Ranch?
Mrs. Manson, Hometown Antihero Justin Glawe November 23, 2014

Historical Examples

This is not a plea for a back-to-nature movement, for the simple life, for a life which tends away from industrialism.
The Psychology of Nations G.E. Partridge

Class Fours periodically “rough it” in back-to-nature movements.
Teething Ring James Causey

He was ready for almost anythingshort of an imitation of that back-to-nature hero of a popular novel.
Nothing But the Truth Frederic S. Isham


first attested 1915.


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