What does pastoral mean?

Definitions for pastoral
ˈpæs tər əl, ˈpɑ stər-pas·toral

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pastorale, pastoral, idyll, idylnoun

    a musical composition that evokes rural life

  2. pastoralnoun

    a letter from a pastor to the congregation

  3. pastoraladjective

    a literary work idealizing the rural life (especially the life of shepherds)

  4. pastoraladjective

    of or relating to a pastor

    "pastoral work"; "a pastoral letter"

  5. bucolic, pastoraladjective

    relating to shepherds or herdsmen or devoted to raising sheep or cattle

    "pastoral seminomadic people"; "pastoral land"; "a pastoral economy"

  6. arcadian, bucolic, pastoraladjective

    (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"

Wiktionary

  1. pastoralnoun

    A poem describing the life and manners of shepherds; a poem in which the speakers assume the character of shepherds; an idyll; a bucolic.

  2. pastoralnoun

    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

  3. pastoralnoun

    A letter of a pastor to his charge; specifically, a letter addressed by a bishop to his diocese.

  4. pastoralnoun

    A letter of the w:House of Bishops, to be read in each parish.

  5. pastoraladjective

    Of or pertaining to shepherds; hence, relating to rural life and scenes; as, a pastoral life.

  6. pastoraladjective

    Relating to the care of souls, or to the pastor of a church; as, pastoral duties; a pastoral letter.

  7. Etymology: pastoralis, from pastor, + adjective suffix -alis.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Pastoraladjective

    Etymology: pastoralis, Latin; pastoral, French.

    In those pastoral pastimes, a great many days were sent to follow their flying predecessors. Philip Sidney.

    Their lord and master taught concerning the pastoral care he had over his own flock. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 19.

    The bishop of Salisbury recommended the tenth satire of Juvenal, in his pastoral letter, to the serious perusal of the divines of his diocese. Dryden.

  2. Pastoralnoun

    A poem in which any action or passion is represented by its effects upon a country life; or according to the common practice in which speakers take upon them the character of shepherds; an idyl; a bucolick.

    Pastoral is an imitation of the action of a shepherd, the form of this imitation is dramatick or narrative, or mixed of both, the fable simple, the manners not too polite nor too rustick. Alexander Pope.

    The best actors in the world, for tragedy, comedy, history, pastoral. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    There ought to be the same difference between pastorals and elegies, as between the life of the country and the court; the latter should be smooth, clean, tender and passionate: the thoughts may be bold, more gay, and more elevated than in pastoral. William Walsh.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pastoraladjective

    of or pertaining to shepherds; hence, relating to rural life and scenes; as, a pastoral life

  2. Pastoraladjective

    relating to the care of souls, or to the pastor of a church; as, pastoral duties; a pastoral letter

  3. Pastoralnoun

    a poem describing the life and manners of shepherds; a poem in which the speakers assume the character of shepherds; an idyl; a bucolic

  4. Pastoralnoun

    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

  5. Pastoralnoun

    a letter of a pastor to his charge; specifically, a letter addressed by a bishop to his diocese; also (Prot. Epis. Ch.), a letter of the House of Bishops, to be read in each parish

  6. Etymology: [L. pastoralis: cf. F. pastoral. See Pastor.]

Freebase

  1. Pastoral

    A pastoral lifestyle is that of shepherds herding livestock around open areas of land according to seasons and the changing availability of water and pasturage. It lends its name to a genre of literature, art and music that depicts such life in an idealized manner, typically for urban audiences. A pastoral is a work of this genre. An alternative word for pastoral as a genre, both in adjectival and noun form, is bucolic, from the Greek βουκόλος, meaning a cowherd.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pastoral in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pastoral in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of pastoral in a Sentence

  1. Luis Antonio Tagle:

    It is a pastoral concern.

  2. Chris Allen:

    It becomes very hard to continue economically farming animals or growing vegetables under a regime like this, the long term targets for nitrogen reduction, are effectively unachievable in some parts of the country, and will end pastoral farming in these areas.

  3. Paul Ryan:

    We talked about how to improve the services going forward, we're going to keep talking. I think we can ultimately make improvements so that everybody has access to the pastoral services they're looking for.

  4. Pope Francis:

    When a pastor loses the pastoral dimension, he creates a political problem.

  5. Paul Ryan:

    Absolutely, we talked about how to improve the services going forward. We're going to keep talking. I think we can ultimately make improvements so that everybody has access to the pastoral services they're looking for.

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