Definition of pastorate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpastərət/


1The office or period of office of a pastor: I left the pastorate in 1974
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  • He persuaded the Catholic bishops to begin by publicly declaring that if the Donatists would take communion with them and unite, they would then invite their Donatist opposite numbers to share in the pastorate of each diocese.
  • To my knowledge, I was the youngest woman in Southern Baptist life to be ordained into a church pastorate and one of only two female Baptist pastors in the state of Georgia.
  • Two pastorates in New York State preceded the world-famous ministry he established in Neshaminy, Bucks County, north of Philadelphia.
1.1Pastors collectively.
Example sentences
  • The conference keynote speaker and host was a pastor who prior to taking the pastorate at Glad Tidings, spent 10 years as an evangelist to the native nations in the United States and Canada.
  • While I have some wonderful professors, some openly admitted that they are teaching because they did not like or care about the pastorate.
  • Both delineated the intolerability of a pastorate that reified historical constructions of the self and its inner life and that then exploited this reification to its own advantage.

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Syllabification: pas·tor·ate

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