- of, relating to, or financially supported by one or more church parishes: parochial churches in Great Britain.
- of or relating to parochial schools or the education they provide.
- very limited or narrow in scope or outlook; provincial: parochial views; a parochial mentality.
Origin of parochial
Related Words for parochialinsular, petty, sectarian, biased, bigoted, conservative, conventional, limited, local, narrow, prejudiced, provincial, regional, sectional, shallow, small-minded, small-town
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Contemporary Examples of parochial
After years at the head of a parochial school classroom, he could no longer distinguish one blond Irish Catholic kid from another.Obama’s One Hand Clap With Castro
December 24, 2014
One enduring lesson of the Holocaust is that antisemitism is not a parochial Jewish interest.Violence Erupts When You Tolerate Antisemitism
Dr. Charles Asher Small
April 14, 2014
My bias is that Congress tends to be parochial, irresponsible, and self-interested.Senate Democrats Just Took Us a Step Closer to the Imperial Presidency
December 1, 2013
When I proposed calling the blog “Zion Square,” which later became “Open Zion,” some supporters said it was too parochial.Why Open Zion is Closing
November 5, 2013
Vouchers provide public funds to parents who need help in paying tuition for private or parochial schools.Michelle Rhee: My Break With the Democrats
February 5, 2013
Historical Examples of parochial
He had never met with any entry affecting the parochial clergy.Henry of Monmouth, Volume 2
J. Endell Tyler
Patriotism had to be parochial; for men had no country, but only a countryside.A Short History of England
G. K. Chesterton
The average incomes of the parochial clergy, meanwhile, were small.The English Utilitarians, Volume I.
Otherwise, the town's associations are chiefly provincial, not to say parochial.The Cornwall Coast
Arthur L. Salmon
But I don't think we shall do any good by going into a parochial quarrel.The Vicar of Bullhampton
- narrow in outlook or scope; provincial
- of or relating to a parish or parishes
Word Origin for parochial
late 14c., "pertaining to a parish," from Anglo-French parochiel (late 13c.), from Old French parochial, from Late Latin parochialis "of a parish" (c.600), from parochia (see parish).
Figurative sense, "limited, narrow," as if confined to a small region, is from 1856 (also see parochialism). Parochial school is attested from 1755.