Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, supported by, or located in a parish.
  • adj. Of or relating to parochial schools.
  • adj. Narrowly restricted in scope or outlook; provincial: parochial attitudes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Pertaining to a parish.
  • adj. Characterized by an unsophisticated focus on local concerns to the exclusion of wider contexts; elementary in scope or outlook.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a parish; restricted to a parish.
  • adj. Limited; narrow; having or characterized by narrow interests centered on oneself or one's local community; narrow-minded; provincial.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to a parish: as, a parochial custom.
  • Local; provincial; narrow.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. narrowly restricted in outlook or scope
  • adj. relating to or supported by or located in a parish

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin parochiālis, from parochia, diocese; see parish.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman parochial and its source Late Latin parochialis, an alteration of paroecialis ("of a church province"), from paroecia, from Hellenistic Greek παροικία (paroikia, "stay in a foreign land") , later “community, diocese”, from Ancient Greek πάροικος (paroikos, "neighbouring, neighbour"), from παρα- (para-) + οἶκος (oikos, "house"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • No one makes this point better than Turkish novelist Elif Shafak, who often discusses the power of storytelling and its capacity to bring us outside and beyond what she calls our parochial "circles."

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  • Music director Alexander Platt said the name change also "transcends" what he called the parochial competition that occasionally occurs between Milwaukee and Waukesha.

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  • His patronizing view of peasants, with their relative advantage in parochial skills, is quite common.

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  • Not at all – most of as working class or lower middle class kids were privately educated in parochial schools that our parents scrimped to pay for, then benefited from the public colleges in our states.

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  • No matter how wide-ranging their selections, American festivals — New York, Chicago, San Francisco, even Sundance — remain parochial events, but Cannes is bigger than the city that bears its name.

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  • My friends in parochial school remained status quo.

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  • He drew attention to Powell's remarks last week at a convention of minority journalists that he was obliged as secretary not to take part in "parochial debate."

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  • Ncube was also critical of South African journalists, whom he described as parochial and ignorant about the region and the rest of the continent.

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  • Informing this celebration of the parochial is that peculiar product of the Romantic era, a rhetoric of English nationhood that attempts to dissociate national feeling from precisely the widened circle of sympathy with which we might otherwise associate one's love of one's country.

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  • But Fitzmyer's answers lack the brevity and the certainty, the Thomistic elegance and the sometimes cinematic splendor, of the answers that I learned as a child in parochial school, of the vaguely more sophisticated answers I received at subsequent times in my education, and of the answers that, frankly, one still hears from the pulpit.

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