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pas·tor·al

 (păs′tər-əl, pă-stôr′-)
adj.
1.
a. Of or relating to shepherds or herders.
b. Of, relating to, or used for animal husbandry.
2.
a. Of or relating to the country or country life; rural.
b. Charmingly simple and serene; idyllic. See Synonyms at rural.
3. Of, relating to, or being a literary or other artistic work that portrays or evokes rural life, usually in an idealized way.
4. Of or relating to a pastor or the duties of a pastor: pastoral duties; a pastoral letter.
n.
1. A literary or other artistic work that portrays or evokes rural life, usually in an idealized way.
2. Music A pastorale.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin pāstōrālis, from pāstor, shepherd; see pastor.]

pas′tor·al·ly adv.

pastoral

(ˈpɑːstərəl)
adj
1. of, characterized by, or depicting rural life, scenery, etc
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) (of a literary work) dealing with an idealized form of rural existence in a conventional way
3. (Agriculture) (of land) used for pasture
4. (Theology) denoting or relating to the branch of theology dealing with the duties of a clergyman or priest to his congregation
5. (Ecclesiastical Terms) of or relating to a clergyman or priest in charge of a congregation or his duties as such
6. (Education) of or relating to a teacher's responsibility for the personal development of a pupil, as distinct from the educational development
7. (Agriculture) of or relating to shepherds, their work, etc
n
8. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a literary work or picture portraying rural life, esp the lives of shepherds in an idealizing way. See also eclogue
9. (Art Terms) a literary work or picture portraying rural life, esp the lives of shepherds in an idealizing way. See also eclogue
10. (Music, other) music a variant of pastorale
11. (Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity
a. a letter from a clergyman to the people under his charge
b. the letter of a bishop to the clergy or people of his diocese
c. Also called: pastoral staff the crosier or staff carried by a bishop as a symbol of his pastoral responsibilities
[C15: from Latin, from pastor]
ˈpastoralˌism n
ˈpastorally adv

pas•to•ral

(ˈpæs tər əl, ˈpɑ stər-)

adj.
1. having the simplicity, serenity, etc., generally attributed to rural areas.
2. pertaining to the country or to life in the country; rural; rustic.
3. portraying idyllically the life of shepherds or of the country.
4. of, pertaining to, or consisting of shepherds.
5. of or pertaining to a pastor or the duties of a pastor: pastoral visits to a hospital.
6. pertaining to or designating the herding of domesticated animals as the chief means of subsistence.
n.
7. a literary work dealing with the life of shepherds, commonly in a conventional manner; bucolic.
8. a treatise on the duties of a pastor.
9. a letter from an ecclesiastic, esp. a bishop.
10. Also called pas′toral staff′. crosier (def. 1).
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin pāstōrālis]
pas′to•ral•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pastoral - a musical composition that evokes rural lifepastoral - a musical composition that evokes rural life
musical composition, opus, piece of music, composition, piece - a musical work that has been created; "the composition is written in four movements"
2.pastoral - a letter from a pastor to the congregation
letter, missive - a written message addressed to a person or organization; "mailed an indignant letter to the editor"
3.pastoral - a literary work idealizing the rural life (especially the life of shepherds)
literary composition, literary work - imaginative or creative writing
eclogue, idyl, bucolic, idyll - a short poem descriptive of rural or pastoral life
Adj.1.pastoral - of or relating to a pastor; "pastoral work"; "a pastoral letter"
2.pastoral - relating to shepherds or herdsmen or devoted to raising sheep or cattle; "pastoral seminomadic people"; "pastoral land"; "a pastoral economy"
3.pastoral - (used with regard to idealized country life) idyllically rustic; "a country life of arcadian contentment"; "a pleasant bucolic scene"; "charming in its pastoral setting"; "rustic tranquility"
rural - living in or characteristic of farming or country life; "rural people"; "large rural households"; "unpaved rural roads"; "an economy that is basically rural"

pastoral

adjective
1. ecclesiastical, priestly, ministerial, clerical the pastoral duties of bishops
2. rustic, country, simple, rural, idyllic, bucolic, Arcadian, georgic (literary), agrestic a tranquil pastoral scene

pastoral

adjective
1. Of or relating to the countryside:
Informal: hick.
2. Charmingly simple and carefree:
Translations
رَعَوي، مُخْتَص بِرَعَوِيَّة الكنيسَهريفي
idylickýpastoračnívenkovský
landligpastoral
lelkipásztoripásztori
prests-sveitalífs-; sveitasælu-
idylický
kır yaşamıpapazla ilgilipastoral

pastoral

[ˈpɑːstərəl]
A. ADJ [care, economy] → pastoral (Rel) → pastoral (Literat) → pastoril
pastoral letter = B
B. N (Rel) → pastoral f

pastoral

[ˈpɑːstərəl] adj
[place, atmosphere] → pastoral(e)
[duties, work] → pastoral(e) pastoral carepastoral care n [pupils] → tutorat m; [parishioners] rôle de soutien et de conseil rempli par un prêtre auprès de ses paroissienspast participle n (GRAMMAR)participe m passépast perfect n (GRAMMAR)plus-que-parfait m

pastoral

adj
land, farming, lifeländlich; (Art, Liter, Mus) → pastoral; Beethoven’s Pastoral SymphonyBeethovens Pastorale f; pastoral poemSchäfer- or Hirtengedicht nt; pastoral picturePastorale f or nt
(Eccl) → pastoral, pfarramtlich; duties, responsibilityseelsorgerisch; pastoral staffBischofsstab m; pastoral letterHirtenbrief m
n
(Liter, Art, Mus) → Pastorale f or nt
(Eccl) → Hirtenbrief m

pastoral

[ˈpɑːstrl] adj (land) → da pascolo; (scene, poetry, also) (Rel) → pastorale

pastor

(ˈpaːstə) noun
a minister of religion, especially of the Protestant church.
ˈpastoral adjective
1. of country life. a pastoral scene.
2. of a pastor, or his work. pastoral responsibilities.