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pastoral

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adjective pas·to·ral \ˈpa-st(ə-)rəl, ÷pa-ˈstȯr-əl\

Definition of pastoral

  1. 1a (1) :  of, relating to, or composed of shepherds or herdsmen a pastoral people, seminomadic in their habits — J. M. Mogey (2) :  devoted to or based on livestock raising a pastoral economyb :  of or relating to the countryside :  not urban a pastoral settingc :  portraying or expressive of the life of shepherds or country people especially in an idealized and conventionalized manner pastoral poetry a pastoral symphonyd :  pleasingly peaceful and innocent :  idyllic pastoral dreams were shattered by the year's round of … unwelcome visitors, ruinous floods and procrastinating workmen — Betty Fussell

  2. 2a :  of or relating to spiritual care or guidance especially of a congregation pastoral counselingb :  of or relating to the pastor of a church pastoral duties

pastorally

play \ˈpa-st(ə-)rə-lē\ adverb

pastoralness

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Examples of pastoral in a Sentence

  1. The house is situated in a charming pastoral setting.

  2. Her favorite painting in the collection is a pastoral landscape.

  3. The bishop outlined the church's views in a pastoral letter.

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Origin and Etymology of pastoral

Middle English, from Latin pastoralis, from pastor herdsman

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pastoral

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noun pas·to·ral \ˈpa-st(ə-)rəl; sense 1d is often ˌpa-stə-ˈräl, -ˈral\

Definition of pastoral

  1. 1a :  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 lifeb :  pastoral poetry or dramac :  a rural picture or scened :  pastorale 1a

  2. 2 :  crosier 1

  3. 3 :  a letter of a pastor to his charge: such asa :  a letter addressed by a bishop to his dioceseb :  a letter of the house of bishops of the Protestant Episcopal Church to be read in each parish

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Origin and Etymology of pastoral

see 1pastoral


PASTORAL Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of pastoral for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to the countryside or to the lives of people who live in the country

  • : of or relating to the spiritual care or guidance of people who are members of a religious group

  • : of or relating to the pastor of a church


PASTORAL Defined for Kids

pastoral

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adjective pas·to·ral \ˈpa-stə-rəl\

Definition of pastoral for Students

  1. 1 :  of or relating to peaceful scenes of the countryside

  2. 2 :  of or relating to the pastor of a church



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