from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A regional word, phrase, pronunciation, or usage.
- n. The condition of being provincial; lack of sophistication or perspective. Also called provinciality.
- n. The act or an instance of placing the interests of one's province before one's nation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The quality of being provincial; having provincial tastes, mentality, manners.
- n. A word or locution characteristic of a region or district.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A word, or a manner of speaking, peculiar to a province or a district remote from the mother country or from the metropolis; a provincial characteristic; hence, narrowness; illiberality.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That which characterizes a province or a provincial person; a certain narrowness or localism of thought or interest, or rudeness of manners, characteristic of the inhabitants of a province as distinguished from the metropolis, or of the smaller cities and towns as distinguished from the larger; lack of polish or enlightenment.
- n. Specifically, a word or manner of speaking peculiar to a province; a local or dialectal term or expression.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a lack of sophistication
- n. a partiality for some particular place
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This kind of provincialism is very embarrassing for a space ranger like myself.
Being accused provincialism is a bit hilarious for me, really.
Halford Mackinder, the turn-of-the-20th-century father of modern geography, stated that provincialism is very useful, since it prevents the tyranny of the wider, geographical majority.
What kind of an insult to real provincialism is that?
But one major problem I see with a lack of provincialism is the same problem we see right now, where all or most of the goods are produced where it is cheapest to do so.
Without love of community, whether defined as provincialism or community spirit, who would serve as a cop, social worker, soup kitchen employee, teacher, advisor, counsellor?
His provincialism is the measure of his fear of bogies or the defect of his imagination.
Mr. Ngubani's racism and provincialism is matched only by the hypocrisy of the Unity Movement crowd.
Sir William, and Gentlemen, Members of the Empire Club, the best corrective for narrowness of outlook, for provincialism, is the realization of membership in a large institution.
BRAYBROOKE (Vol. i., p. 485.), appears to be connected with the Cheshire provincialism, which is thus interpreted in Wilbraham's _Cheshire
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