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[pas-ter-uh-liz-uh m, pah-ster-]
  1. the practice of herding as the primary economic activity of a society.
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Origin of pastoralism

First recorded in 1850–55; pastoral + -ism
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Historical Examples of pastoralism

  • In France the interest of pastoralism, from our present point of view, is summed up in the work of one man--Clément Marot.

    Pastoral Poetry and Pastoral Drama

    Walter W. Greg

  • It is presumably at this point that Randolph's Amyntas should appear in a chronological survey of English pastoralism.

  • A study which I have found very useful both in relation to Spanish and French pastoralism.

  • The character of Angelica, however, and stray touches of pastoralism in the last play, hint at an impending change.

Word Origin and History for pastoralism


1854, from pastoral + -ism.

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