: a literary work (such as a poem or play) dealing with shepherds or rural life in a usually artificial manner and typically drawing a contrast between the innocence and serenity of the simple life and the misery and corruption of city and especially court life
The house is situated in a charming pastoral setting.
Her favorite painting in the collection is a pastoral landscape.
The bishop outlined the church's views in a pastoral letter.
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But they were also deeply enmeshed in the politics of their time—not least because some of those pastoral retreats were in fact the result of exile by the court.—WIRED, 19 Sep. 2023 With holdings that span coasts and countries, he’s snagged everything from an idyllic trifecta of homes in London’s pastoral Hampstead Heath to modern mansions along the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles.—Rachel Silva, ELLE Decor, 23 June 2023 The residence, which sits on a private cul-de-sac, is wrapped in Alaskan cedar board siding and comprises three, two-story structures that offer either Atlantic Ocean or pastoral Sagg Pond views.—Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 1 Sep. 2023 Available today, the limited-edition collection is made up of a range of beloved kitchen essentials, all depicting stunning scenes inspired by Black life and culture through the iconic pastoral motifs of French country life.—Sophie Dweck, Town & Country, 1 Sep. 2023 If the pastoral views are not enough to shed your stress, head over to the 15,000-square-foot spa to decompress with treatments that use botanicals and ingredients, some from the farm.—Stephanie Rosenbloom, New York Times, 25 Aug. 2023 But bovids have fashioned a pastoral landscape that a hiker would recognize in crossing northern England, a place that cows and sheep have kept clear for centuries.—WIRED, 26 Aug. 2023 Many of their selections are far from the pastoral climes of their 2022 album Ashbalkum.—Philip Sherburne, Pitchfork, 22 Aug. 2023 The Los Angeles abode is one of many homes Styles owns, from residences in London’s pastoral Hampstead Heath to chic New York apartments.—Rachel Silva, ELLE Decor, 21 Aug. 2023
As in all pastorals, there is an element of fantasy in these serene depictions, which portray a world partly remembered from Constable’s childhood and partly invented from the conventions of art history, in this case the carefully balanced landscapes of Nicolas Poussin and Claude Lorrain.—Christopher Benfey, The New York Review of Books, 14 Sep. 2023 In Row’s vision of the Trump era, there is no American pastoral to return to, long for, or even to mourn; there is only the hope of escape and of freedom from illusions.—Laura Tanenbaum, The New Republic, 17 May 2023 If nature is made secondary to human will, as in classical and Enlightenment times, then a care for nature expresses itself in bucolics and pastorals—nature as a setting for human amorousness or agriculture.—Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 20 Feb. 2023 But the unprovoked military invasion of the Russian army destroyed this pastoral.—Yuriy Zaliznyak, ABC News, 7 Mar. 2023 The work is not a simple illustration but melds the personal with the fantastical, the pastoral with the profane.—Dallas News, 13 Jan. 2022 Instead of an invasion, the archaeological evidence revealed a gradual evolution from a pastoral to an agricultural society.—Pamela Weintraub, Discover Magazine, 1 Oct. 2015 Instead of rising to this responsibility, Gomez — L.A.'s first archbishop of Mexican descent — has shirked it by paying more attention to the political than the pastoral.—Los Angeles Times, 2 Sep. 2022 The pastoral of Shakespeare lies deep beneath the play’s surface, and below that are even older cultural strains.—Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 19 June 2022 See More
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Adjective and Noun
Middle English, from Latin pastoralis, from pastor herdsman