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provincialism

[ pruh-vin-shuh-liz-uhm ]
/ prəˈvɪn ʃəˌlɪz əm /
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noun

narrowness of mind, ignorance, or the like, considered as resulting from lack of exposure to cultural or intellectual activity.
a trait, habit of thought, etc., characteristic of a provincial, a province, or the provinces.
a word, expression, or mode of pronunciation peculiar to a province.
devotion to one's own province before the nation as a whole.

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Origin of provincialism

First recorded in 1760–70; provincial + -ism
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British Dictionary definitions for provincialism

provincialism
/ (prəˈvɪnʃəˌlɪzəm) /

noun

narrowness of mind or outlook; lack of sophistication
a word or attitude characteristic of a provincial
attention to the affairs of one's province rather than the whole nation
the state or quality of being provincial
Also: localism
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