from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Pastoral quality in literature or landscape.


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  • Unsympathetic, and in some points unfair and even unintelligent, as Johnson's criticism of _Lycidas_ may seem, to the censure of its actual "pastorality" there is no answer, except that "these things are an allegory" as well as a convention.

    A History of the French Novel, Vol. 1 From the Beginning to 1800

  • Lutheran pastorality Heaven forbid, surrounded himself with fools for easy money and power, fools for crude impropriety.

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  • Members of the general public in one way and another have become accustomed to regard religion with an uneasy constraint; there are harmless things which must not be said in the presence of a priest; there is a pastorality about the minister which implies a flock and a coterie; and Englishmen seldom mention the name of God without an appearance of apology or secret shame.

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