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pastoral

  

      adj  
1    of, characterized by, or depicting rural life, scenery, etc.  
2    (of a literary work) dealing with an idealized form of rural existence in a conventional way  
3    (of land) used for pasture  
4    denoting or relating to the branch of theology dealing with the duties of a clergyman or priest to his congregation  
5    of or relating to a clergyman or priest in charge of a congregation or his duties as such  
6    of or relating to shepherds, their work, etc.  
      n  
7    a literary work or picture portraying rural life, esp. the lives of shepherds in an idealizing way  
   See also       eclogue  
8      (Music)      a variant of       pastorale  
9      (Christianity)  
a    a letter from a clergyman to the people under his charge  
b    the letter of a bishop to the clergy or people of his diocese  
c      (Also called)    pastoral staff   the crosier or staff carried by a bishop as a symbol of his pastoral responsibilities  
     (C15: from Latin, from pastor)  
  pastoralism      n  
  pastorally      adv  
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