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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How to use provincialism in a sentence
It encourages provincialism, a focus on the local rather than national interest.
No speechifying, no debates, no scolding of American provincialism, just a welcome view of what the rest of the world is reading.
But insularity or provincialism in the literary community, he said, is nothing to sneer at.
Suchet, an ardent student of human nature, was quick to appreciate how to turn to his use this provincialism.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
This shows the worst kind of provincialism and a vulgar spirit.The Complete Bachelor | Walter Germain
Upon the embers of provincialism he heaped the inflammable brush-wood of excited rhetoric.
Travelling takes away provincialism because it broadens the outlook.A Girl's Student Days and After | Jeannette Marks
Britain, notwithstanding her series of illustrious names, had not yet quite shaken off an air of provincialism.Life and Correspondence of David Hume, Volume II (of 2) | John Hill Burton
British Dictionary definitions for provincialism
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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