- 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.
Origin of provincialism
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Examples from the Web for provincialism
No speechifying, no debates, no scolding of American provincialism, just a welcome view of what the rest of the world is reading.What the World Is Reading
April 30, 2009
But insularity or provincialism in the literary community, he said, is nothing to sneer at.Nobel writer puzzles American authors
October 9, 2008
I never intended to curse the people with a provincialism so vast as this.
The provincialism with which I had cursed his people extended to himself.
But, compared with the provincialism of the South of 1860, he is a cosmopolitan.The Negro and the Nation
George S. Merriam
In this way they kept themselves free from the taint of provincialism.The Country House
We could not give her over to a lumberman, doubly accursed by wealth and provincialism.The Four Million
- 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
Word Origin and History for provincialism
1820 in the political sense, "local attachment as opposed to national unity," from provincial + -ism. Meaning "manners or modes of a certain province or of provinces generally" (as opposed to the big city or capital) is from 1836. Sense of "a local word or usage or expression" is from 1770.
PROVINCIALISM consists in:
(a) An ignorance of the manners, customs and nature of people living outside one's own village, parish, or nation.
(b) A desire to coerce others into uniformity.
[Ezra Pound, "Provincialism the Enemy," 1917]