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"pastoral" in British English

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pastoraladjective

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 ​personalmatters: A priest's pastoral dutiesincludehelping the ​poor and ​sick.
(Definition of pastoral from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pastoral" in American English

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pastoraladjective

 us   /ˈpæs·tər·əl/
(of a ​piece of ​art, writing, or ​music) having or ​representing the ​pleasant, ​traditionalfeatures of the ​countryside: a pastoral ​scene
of or ​relating to the ​responsibilities of the ​pastor of a ​Christianchurch: pastoral ​work/duties
(Definition of pastoral from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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