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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.

Synonyms:

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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