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pastorate

[pas-ter-it, pah-ster-] /ˈpæs tər ɪt, ˈpɑ stər-/
noun
1.
the office or term of office of a pastor.
2.
a body of pastors.
3.
parsonage (def 1).
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95; < Medieval Latin pāstōrātus, equivalent to Latin pāstōr-, stem of pāstor (see pastor) + -ātus -ate3
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  • Although he is now retired from the pastorate, he remains an elder statesman among religious leaders across the nation.
  • It was during his pastorate that an electric organ was purchased and installed in the church.
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pastorate

/ˈpɑːstərɪt/
noun
1.
the office or term of office of a pastor
2.
a body of pastors; pastors collectively
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