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.

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

  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

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

  3. pastoralnoun

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

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

  4. pastoralnoun

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

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

  5. pastoraladjective

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

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

  6. pastoraladjective

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pastoraladjective

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

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

  2. Pastoraladjective

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

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

  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

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

  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

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

  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

    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. The Vatican:

    Forgiveness of the sin of abortion does not condone abortion nor minimize its grave effects, pope Francis ' pastoral approach is clearly Pope Francis ' pastoral approach. Many bishops have granted priests permission to forgive the sin. The fact that this statement is coming from Pope Francis ' and in such a moving, pastoral way, is more evidence of the great pastoral approach and concern of Pope Francis '.

  2. 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.

  3. Kevin Appleby:

    The church has an institutional interest in immigration, and it's something the church wouldn't apologize for, if you have your flock, you have a pastoral care duty for your flock, and part of that duty is to advocate on their behalf and defend their rights.

  4. Luis Antonio Tagle:

    It is a pastoral concern.

  5. Paul Ryan:

    My original decision was made in what I believed to be the best interest of this institution, to be clear, that decision was based on my duty to ensure that the House has the kind of pastoral services that it deserves. It is my job as speaker to do what is best for this body, and I know that this body is not well served by a protracted fight over such an important post.

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