[ puh-roh-kee-uh-liz-uhm ]

  1. a parochial character, spirit, or tendency; excessive narrowness of interests or view; provincialism.

Origin of parochialism

First recorded in 1840–50; parochial + -ism

Other words from parochialism

  • pa·ro·chi·al·ist, noun
  • pa·ro·chi·al·i·za·tion, noun

Words Nearby parochialism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use parochialism in a sentence

  • He preaches, he also displays fine perception of the parochialism of the British political career.

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

    Herein is Love | Reuel L. Howe
  • Enderby and Jackson believe that the next train is the 10.15; but that is their narrow-minded parochialism.

  • But there had always been a frankly cosmopolitan spirit in Browning,—no touch of parochialism or insularity.