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Meaning of PASTORAL

Pronunciation:  'pasturul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a literary work idealizing the rural life (especially the life of shepherds)
  2. [n]  a letter from a pastor to the congregation
  3. [n]  a musical composition that evokes rural life
  4. [adj]  suggestive of an idyll; charmingly simple and serene; "his idyllic life in Tahiti"; "the pastoral legends of America's Golden Age"
  5. [adj]  used of idealized country life; "a country life of arcadian contentment"; "a pleasant bucolic scene"; "charming in its pastoral setting"; "rustic tranquility"
  6. [adj]  of or relating to a pastor; "pastoral work"; "a pastoral letter"
  7. [adj]  relating to shepherds or herdsmen or devoted to raising sheep or cattle; "pastoral seminomadic people"; "pastoral land"; "a pastoral economy"

PASTORAL is a 8 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: arcadian, bucolic, bucolic, idyllic, pastorale, pleasant, rural, rustic
 See Also: bucolic, composition, eclogue, idyll, letter, literary composition, literary work, missive, musical composition, opus, piece, piece of music



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pas"tor*al\, a. [L. pastoralis: cf. F. pastoral. See
    1. Of or pertaining to shepherds; hence, relating to rural
       life and scenes; as, a pastoral life.
    2. Relating to the care of souls, or to the pastor of a
       church; as, pastoral duties; a pastoral letter.
    {Pastoral staff} (Eccl.), a staff, usually of the form of a
       shepherd's crook, borne as an official emblem by a bishop,
       abbot, abbess, or other prelate privileged to carry it.
       See {Crook}, and {Crosier}.
    {Pastoral Theology}, that part of theology which treats of
       the duties of pastors.
  2. \Pas"tor*al\, n.
    1. A poem describing the life and manners of shepherds; a
       poem in which the speakers assume the character of
       shepherds; an idyl; a bucolic.
             A pastoral is a poem in which any action or passion
             is represented by its effects on a country life.
    2. (Mus.) 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 (Encyc. of Music).
    3. (Eccl.) 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.
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