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1. The office, rank, or jurisdiction of a pastor.
2. A pastor's term of office with one congregation.
3. A body of pastors.
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1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the office or term of office of a pastor
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a body of pastors; pastors collectively
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(ˈpæs tər ɪt, ˈpɑ stər-)

1. the office or term of office of a pastor.
2. a body of pastors.
[1785–95; < Medieval Latin pāstōrātus= Latin pāstōr-, s. of pāstor (see pastor) + -ātus -ate3]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pastorate - pastors collectively
clergy - in Christianity, clergymen collectively (as distinguished from the laity)
2.pastorate - the position of pastor
berth, billet, post, situation, position, office, place, spot - a job in an organization; "he occupied a post in the treasury"
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