a literary work idealizing the rural life (especially the life of shepherds)
a letter from a pastor to the congregation
pastorale, pastoral, idyll, idyl(noun)
a musical composition that evokes rural life
arcadian, bucolic, pastoral(adj)
(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"
of or relating to a pastor
"pastoral work"; "a pastoral letter"
relating to shepherds or herdsmen or devoted to raising sheep or cattle
"pastoral seminomadic people"; "pastoral land"; "a pastoral economy"
English Synonyms and Antonyms
Rural and rustic are alike derived from the Latin rus, country, and may be alike defined as pertaining to, characteristic of, or dwelling in the country; but in usage rural refers especially to scenes or objects in the country, considered as the work of nature; rustic refers to their effect upon man or to their condition as affected by human agency; as, a rural scene; a rustic party; a rustic lass. We speak, however, of the rural population, rural simplicity, etc. Rural has always a favorable sense; rustic frequently an unfavorable one, as denoting a lack of culture and refinement; thus, rustic politeness expresses that which is well-meant, but awkward; similar ideas are suggested by a rustic feast, rustic garb, etc. Rustic is, however, often used of a studied simplicity, an artistic rudeness, which is pleasing and perhaps beautiful; as, a rustic cottage; a rustic chair. Pastoral refers to the care of flocks, and to the shepherd's life with the pleasing associations suggested by the old poetic ideal of that life; as, pastoral poetry. Bucolic is kindred to pastoral, but is a less elevated term, and sometimes slightly contemptuous.
agricultural, artless, awkward, boorish, bucolic, clownish, coarse, countrified, country, hoidenish, inelegant, outlandish, plain, rude, rural, rustic, sylvan, uncouth, unpolished, unsophisticated, untaught, verdant
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My original decision was made in what I believed to be the best interest of this institution, to be clear, that decision was based on my duty to ensure that the House has the kind of pastoral services that it deserves. It is my job as speaker to do what is best for this body, and I know that this body is not well served by a protracted fight over such an important post.
Absolutely, we talked about how to improve the services going forward. We're going to keep talking. I think we can ultimately make improvements so that everybody has access to the pastoral services they're looking for.
The long term targets for nitrogen reduction, are effectively unachievable in some parts of the country, and will end pastoral farming in these areas.
It becomes very hard to continue economically farming animals or growing vegetables under a regime like this, the long term targets for nitrogen reduction, are effectively unachievable in some parts of the country, and will end pastoral farming in these areas.
We talked about how to improve the services going forward, we're going to keep talking. I think we can ultimately make improvements so that everybody has access to the pastoral services they're looking for.
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