Pastoral meaning

păstər-əl, pă-stôr-
Of, relating to, or being a literary or other artistic work that portrays or evokes rural life, usually in an idealized way.
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The definition of pastoral is something associated with or related to country life.

An example of pastoral is a painting of a farm.

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Of or relating to a pastor or the duties of a pastor.

Pastoral duties; a pastoral letter.

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A literary or other artistic work that portrays or evokes rural life, usually in an idealized way.
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A pastorale.
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Of shepherds or their work, way of life, etc.
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Of or portraying rural life or, formerly, a highly conventionalized form of rustic life among shepherds, usually in an idealized way.
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Of pastoral literature or a pastoral.
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Characteristic of rural life, idealized as peaceful, simple, and natural.
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Of or relating to a pastor.
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A piece of literature dealing, usually in an idealized way, with rural life; formerly, specif., a poem, play, etc. treating the rustic lives and loves of shepherds in a conventionalized, artificial manner.
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Such writing as a literary form.
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A pastoral picture or scene.
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An official letter or document, as on doctrine or religious observance, issued by a bishop or group of bishops to persons within their jurisdiction.
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Of or pertaining to shepherds; hence, relating to rural life and scenes; as, a pastoral life.

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Relating to the care of souls, or to the pastor of a church; as, pastoral duties; a pastoral letter.
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A poem describing the life and manners of shepherds; a poem in which the speakers assume the character of shepherds; an idyll; a bucolic.
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(music) A cantata relating to rural life; a composition for instruments characterized by simplicity and sweetness; a lyrical composition the subject of which is taken from rural life. Moore.
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(religion, Christianity) A letter of a pastor to his charge; specifically, a letter addressed by a bishop to his diocese.
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(religion, Christianity) A letter of the House of Bishops, to be read in each parish.
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Origin of pastoral

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin pāstōrālis from pāstor shepherd pastor

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin pastoralis, from pāstor (“shepherd"), + adjective suffix -alis.

    From Wiktionary