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[puh-roh-kee-uh-liz-uh m]
  1. a parochial character, spirit, or tendency; excessive narrowness of interests or view; provincialism.
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Origin of parochialism

First recorded in 1840–50; parochial + -ism
Related formspa·ro·chi·al·ist, nounpa·ro·chi·al·i·za·tion, noun
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  • It gave one rather a clear idea of the parochialism of clubland.

    The Paliser case

    Edgar Saltus

  • Gambetta's contempt for the parochialism of the elections by district was great.

  • But the time had come when this parochialism of labour in Ireland was to end.

    Ireland Since Parnell

    Daniel Desmond Sheehan

  • They have not lost the quaint simplicity of their parochialism, to become national if not cosmopolitan.

    The Cornwall Coast

    Arthur L. Salmon

  • It is because of our insecurity and fear that we develop these defensive attitudes of parochialism and churchism.

    Herein is Love

    Reuel L. Howe

Word Origin and History for parochialism


"limited and narrow character or tendency," 1847, from parochial + -ism.

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