PA’STORAL. adj. [pastoralis, Latin; pastoral, French.]
I. Rural; rustick; beseeming shepherds; imitating the shepherds.
In those pastoral pastimes, a great many days were sent to
follow their flying predecessors. Sidney.
2. Relating to the care of souls.
Their lord and master taught concerning the pastoral care
he had over his own flock. Hooker, b. v. s. 19.
The bishop of Salisbury recommended the tenth satire of
Juvenal, in his pastoral letter, to the serious perusal of the
divines of his diocese. Dryden.