pas·​to·​ral·​ism | \ ˈpa-st(ə-)rə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce pastoralism (audio) \

Definition of pastoralism

1 : the quality or style characteristic of pastoral writing
2a : livestock raising
b : social organization based on livestock raising as the primary economic activity

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pastoralist \ ˈpa-​st(ə-​)rə-​list How to pronounce pastoralism (audio) \ noun or adjective

Examples of pastoralism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unfolding in three movements, the trio mixes stylistic influences from English pastoralism and French impressionism to striking effect. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, 26 Jan. 2021 Despite decades of British colonization in the past and growing inclusion in modern economies, the Maasai maintain the practices of pastoralism, child marriages and female genital mutilation. Tom Odula, Star Tribune, 14 Aug. 2020 With pastoralism and agriculture, the animal was just an animal, forever separated from man. New York Times, 28 Apr. 2020 Here, capitalism and pastoralism are often seen as opposing forces. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 15 Apr. 2020 But according to the Tom Nook doctrine, pastoralism and capitalism coexist perfectly. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 15 Apr. 2020 Our survey also revealed that hunting and foraging was generally replaced by pastoralism (raising animals such as cows and sheep for food and other resources) and agriculture in most places, though there were exceptions. Ben Marwick, The Conversation, 29 Aug. 2019 Today the national park has put measures in place to assure that pastoralism can work alongside conservationism: Farmers are insured and compensated if one of their animals is preyed upon by a wolf. National Geographic, 5 Aug. 2019 The Himba response to the aridity of Kaokoland is nomadic pastoralism. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, 21 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of pastoralism

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Pastoralism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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