from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality or state of being parochial; especially: selfish pettiness or narrowness (as of interests, opinions, or views).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being parochial in form or nature; a system of management peculiar to parishes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The management of the affairs of a parish by an elected vestry or parochial board; the system of local government which makes the parish the unit.
  • n. Hence Provincialism; local narrowness of view; narrow-mindedness.

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

  • n. a limitation of views or interests like that defined by a local parish


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  • And unlike most oil execs, he's showing a dash of introspection, writing a new book called "Why We Hate the Oil Companies," in which he denounces the "parochialism" of the industry as well as politicians '"hollow" promises of energy independence.

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  • Behind this cuddly facade and their token English members lies a bigoted, anti-English, parochialism which is epitomised by Ms Grahame and Jim 'my favourite word is imperialism' Slavery.

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  • It is an inside job, and your authors themselves want something more than pink teas and a pat on, the back and that parochialism which is proud of second best work, just because it is a local product.

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  • Another problem with plans is that residents think "it's all about us" and that kind of parochialism is encouraged by city planners and elected officials, but the reality is that for the city to function economically, there are a variety of stakeholders and institutions that comprise "us", and the ability to service "us" needs to be considered as well.

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  • That sort of puts your "parochialism" on a personal level in your favor - In my opinion.

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  • It seems to me that this kind of parochialism is akin to the weird dynamic by which Carl Sagan was excluded from the National Academy.


  • Our religiosity index avoids the problem of parochialism by including only items that could apply to all religious traditions.

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  • And I do want to point out that given the unrivaled potency of plot and action in Fight Club (it really was a perfect movie, a Platonic ideal of a movie, really), that they suggest the first-rate artistic genius, the fact that the aesthetics did rise to equal that suggested a provincialism of taste, and provincialism and parochialism of taste is, of course, most quickly reflected in the aesthetics of the product.

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  • Sarah who??? this woman only display her level of parochialism whenever she says something.

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