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Definition of pastoral:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. Of or pertaining to shepherds; hence, relating to rural life and scenes; as, a pastoral life.
  5. Relating to the care of souls, or to the pastor of a church; as, pastoral duties; a pastoral letter.


outlandish, unsophisticated, uncouth, bucolic, idyll, countrified, verdant, eclogue, country, study at rural, plain, inelegant, clownish, idyllic, campestral, hick, rude, arcadian, artless, sylvan, awkward, pleasant, pastorale, rural, rustic, unpolished, simple, hoidenish, urban, provincial, coarse, idyl, untaught, simple, boorish.

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