Associations to the word «Pastoral»


PASTORAL, adjective. Of or pertaining to shepherds; hence, relating to rural life and scenes; as, a pastoral life.
PASTORAL, adjective. Relating to the care of souls, or to the pastor of a church.
PASTORAL, noun. A poem describing the life and manners of shepherds; a poem in which the speakers assume the character of shepherds; an idyll; a bucolic.
PASTORAL, noun. (music) 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
PASTORAL, noun. (religion) (Christianity) A letter of a pastor to his charge; specifically, a letter addressed by a bishop to his diocese.
PASTORAL, noun. (religion) (Christianity) A letter of the House of Bishops, to be read in each parish.
PASTORAL CARE, noun. Counselling provided by pastors, chaplains and other religious leaders to members of their congregation, or to anyone within institutional settings, with a focus on healing, reconciling, and guidence.
PASTORAL CHARGE, noun. The basic unit of the United Church of Canada, consisting of one or more congregations under the spiritual leadership of a minister or ministry team.

Dictionary definition

PASTORAL, noun. A musical composition that evokes rural life.
PASTORAL, noun. A letter from a pastor to the congregation.
PASTORAL, noun. A literary work idealizing the rural life (especially the life of shepherds).
PASTORAL, adjective. Of or relating to a pastor; "pastoral work"; "a pastoral letter".
PASTORAL, adjective. Relating to shepherds or herdsmen or devoted to raising sheep or cattle; "pastoral seminomadic people"; "pastoral land"; "a pastoral economy".
PASTORAL, adjective. (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".

Wise words

We should have a great fewer disputes in the world if words were taken for what they are, the signs of our ideas only, and not for things themselves.
John Locke