Definition of pastoral:
- 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.
- 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.
- A poem describing the life and manners of shepherds; a poem in which the speakers assume the character of shepherds; an idyl; a bucolic.
- Of or pertaining to shepherds; hence, relating to rural life and scenes; as, a pastoral life.
- 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.
- agricultural (part of speech: adjective)
- peaceful (part of speech: adjective)
- poetic (part of speech: adjective)
- ecclesiastic (part of speech: adjective)
The pastoral Epistles of St. Paul speak of the grace and gift bestowed upon Timotheus by the imposition of hands, as well as of the power given both to Timotheus and to Titus to impart these gifts to others, accompanied with advice as to the quality of persons whom they should select.- "Church and State as Seen in the Formation of Christendom", T. W. Allies.
- "Louise de la Valliere", Alexandre Dumas, Pere.
- "The English Novel in the Time of Shakespeare", J. J. Jusserand.