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Synonyms for pastoral
ˈpæs tər əl, ˈpɑ stər-pas·toral

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. pastoral

    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

    accomplished, city-like, cultured, elegant, polished, polite, refined, urban, urbane, well-bred

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pastorale, pastoral, idyll, idylnoun

    a musical composition that evokes rural life

    bucolic, eclogue, idyll, idyl, pastorale


  2. pastoralnoun

    a letter from a pastor to the congregation

    idyll, idyl, pastorale


  3. pastoraladjective

    a literary work idealizing the rural life (especially the life of shepherds)

    idyll, idyl, pastorale


  4. pastoraladjective

    of or relating to a pastor

    "pastoral work"; "a pastoral letter"

    arcadian, bucolic


  5. bucolic, pastoraladjective

    relating to shepherds or herdsmen or devoted to raising sheep or cattle

    "pastoral seminomadic people"; "pastoral land"; "a pastoral economy"

    arcadian, bucolic


  6. arcadian, bucolic, pastoraladjective

    (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"

    arcadian, bucolic


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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. pastoraladjective

    rural, rustic, of shepherds

  2. pastoraladjective


  3. pastoraladjective

    ministerial, of a pastor

  4. pastoralnoun

    bucolic, idyl, eclogue, pastoral poem

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "pastoral":

    pastoralist, herdsmen, chapel

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  1. Chris Allen:

    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.

  2. Paul Ryan:

    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.

  3. Luis Antonio Tagle:

    It is a pastoral concern.

  4. Father Malachy Conlon:

    The pastoral council talked about reaching out to people at this difficult time and as we talked, this idea evolved. It was all quite spontaneous, there were huge crowds, it was a moving turnout. I've never received such a torrent of messages as I have this evening, people deeply appreciative and feeling connected to one another, despite all of the distancing.

  5. Chris Allen:

    The long term targets for nitrogen reduction, are effectively unachievable in some parts of the country, and will end pastoral farming in these areas.

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