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provinciality

[pruh-vin-shee-al-i-tee]
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noun, plural pro·vin·ci·al·i·ties.
  1. provincial character.
  2. provincial characteristic: Her provincialities reflect a refreshing naturalness.

Origin of provinciality

First recorded in 1775–85; provincial + -ity
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Examples from the Web for provinciality

Historical Examples

  • The note of provinciality in Addison is to be found in the commonplace of his ideas, though his style is classical.

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  • Its provinciality is of greater cash value to the newspaper than the cosmopolitan significance of the message from London.

    My Life

    Josiah Flynt

  • He paused again, and Marion began to realize the full degree of her provinciality and ignorance.

  • Even Boston provinciality is a precious testimony to the authoritative personality of the city.

    A Modern Instance

    William Dean Howells

  • Each type in turn has its note of provinciality when compared with the norm of the typical American.


Word Origin and History for provinciality

n.

"quality or condition of being provincial," 1759, from provincial + -ity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper