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1 of, relating to, associated with, or typical of open areas with few buildings or people
  • painted a pastoral scene of a flower-filled meadow

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2 of, relating to, or characteristic of the clergy
  • pastoral advice to a young couple preparing to marry

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The first known use of pastoral was in the 15th century

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“Pastoral.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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