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pastoral

adjective uk   /ˈpɑː.stər.əl/  us   /ˈpæs.tɚ-/

pastoral adjective (CARE)

used to refer to the part of the work of teachers and priests that involves giving help and advice about personal matters: A priest's pastoral duties include helping the poor and sick.

pastoral adjective (ART)

A pastoral piece of art, writing, or music represents the pleasant and traditional features of the countryside: The painting depicts an idyllic pastoral scene of shepherds watching over their grazing sheep.
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