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Definition relating to the countryside — especially idealizing charmingly simple and serene country life

Of the other senses of "pastoral", the most common are related to a pastor (minister or priest). See a comprehensive dictionary for other senses of the word.
  • The cabin was charming in its pastoral setting.
pastoral = countryside — especially idealizing charmingly simple and serene country life
  • She often listens to Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony to relax.
  • wants to retreat from the city to a life of pastoral solitude among simple breeders of sheep
  • An artist friend fitted her out with his castoff palettes, brushes, and colors, and she daubed away, producing pastoral and marine views such as were never seen on land or sea.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • the pastoral legends of America's Golden Age
  • "It is pastoral," she said, looking around.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  A Lesson Before Dying
  • pastoral = countryside that is charmingly, simple, and serene
  • And the pastoral holiness of that old psalm came back to him, and his heart would wonder with perplexity and doubt.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  The Child by Tiger
  • Pastoral simplicity doesn't exist in these conditions.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Every wall was covered with tapestries: hunting scenes, court scenes, pastoral scenes.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • Kuluse's child was recovered, and Kumalo went about his pastoral duties.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • A tapestry promptly ignited, its pastoral image blackening quickly under sheets of bright flame.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • One showed a pastoral scene so three-dimensional, it could've been a window.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena
  • Ahead, beyond the tidy and pastoral, loomed the ruins.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • It was a view that I thought of as pastoral, idyllic, a road disappearing into the mist and mountains to a land of no worries.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • It was an oddly pastoral scene, tranquil under the blue gaze of the sky.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • The bishops had gathered together earlier in the week and drafted a pastoral letter to be read from every pulpit that Sunday.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • In this pastoral setting a young man was enabled to loaf comfortably and delightfully through four luxurious and indolent years.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • The pastoral quality down on the summer Riviera is all changing anyhow—next year they'll have a Season.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Come, take your flowers; Methinks I play as I have seen them do In Whitsun pastorals: sure, this robe of mine Does change my disposition.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Winter's Tale
  • "Hark at Meliboeus," snarled the noble marquis; "he's pastorally occupied too: he's shearing a Southdown.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair

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