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Pastoral definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

P`ASTORAL, a. [L. pastoralis.] Pertaining to shepherds; as a pastoral life; pastoral manners.
1. Descriptive of the life of shepherds; as a pastoral poem.
2. Relating to the care of souls, or to the pastor of a church; as pastoral care or duties; a pastoral letter.
Piety is the life and soul of pastoral fidelity.
P`ASTORAL, n. A poem describing the life and manners of shepherds, or a poem in imitation of the action of a shepherd, and in which the speakers take upon themselves 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.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: of or relating to a pastor; "pastoral work"; "a pastoral letter"
2: relating to shepherds or herdsmen or devoted to raising sheep or cattle; "pastoral seminomadic people"; "pastoral land"; "a pastoral economy" [syn: bucolic, pastoral]
3: (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" [syn: arcadian, bucolic, pastoral] n
1: a musical composition that evokes rural life [syn: pastorale, pastoral, idyll, idyl]
2: a letter from a pastor to the congregation
3: a literary work idealizing the rural life (especially the life of shepherds)

Merriam Webster's

I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin pastoralis, from pastor herdsman Date: 15th century 1. a. (1) of, relating to, or composed of shepherds or herdsmen (2) devoted to or based on livestock raising b. of or relating to the countryside ; not urban <a pastoral setting> c. portraying or expressive of the life of shepherds or country people especially in an idealized and conventionalized manner <pastoral poetry> d. pleasingly peaceful and innocent ; idyllic 2. a. of or relating to spiritual care or guidance especially of a congregation b. of or relating to the pastor of a church pastorally adverb pastoralness noun II. noun Date: 1584 1. a. a literary work (as a poem or play) dealing with shepherds or rural life in a usually artificial manner and typically drawing a contrast between the innocence and serenity of the simple life and the misery and corruption of city and especially court life b. pastoral poetry or drama c. a rural picture or scene d. pastorale 1a 2. crosier 1 3. a letter of a pastor to his charge: as a. a letter addressed by a bishop to his diocese b. a letter of the house of bishops of the Protestant Episcopal Church to be read in each parish

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. & n. --adj. 1 of, relating to, or associated with shepherds or flocks and herds. 2 (of land) used for pasture. 3 (of a poem, picture, etc.) portraying country life, usu. in a romantic or idealized form. 4 of or appropriate to a pastor. --n. 1 a pastoral poem, play, picture, etc. 2 a letter from a pastor (esp. a bishop) to the clergy or people. Phrases and idioms: pastoral staff a bishop's crosier. pastoral theology that considering religious truth in relation to spiritual needs. Derivatives: pastoralism n. pastorality n. pastorally adv. Etymology: ME f. L pastoralis (as PASTOR)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Pastoral Pas"tor*al, a. [L. pastoralis: cf. F. pastoral. See Pastor.] 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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Pastoral 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. --Rambler. 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.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

1. The pastoral duties of a priest or other religious leader involve looking after the people he or she has responsibility for, especially by helping them with their personal problems. Many churches provide excellent pastoral counselling. ADJ: ADJ n 2. If a school offers pastoral care, it is concerned with the personal needs and problems of its pupils, not just with their schoolwork. (mainly BRIT) A few schools now offer counselling sessions; all have some system of pastoral care. ADJ: ADJ n 3. A pastoral place, atmosphere, or idea is characteristic of peaceful country life and scenery. ...a tranquil pastoral scene. = rustic ADJ: ADJ n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. a. 1. Rural, rustic, of shepherds. 2. Bucolic. 3. Ministerial, of a pastor. II. n. Bucolic, idyl, eclogue, pastoral poem.

Moby Thesaurus

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