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

Other Words from pastoralism

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 The adaptation, created by Patrick Somerville, rejects much of this pastoralism. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 13 Jan. 2022 The fire and smell of a wood or charcoal burn calls forth a sense of rugged pastoralism—but could your woodsy fantasy destroy the actual woods? Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 9 July 2021 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 See More

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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 14 Aug. 2022.

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