from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See provincialism.
- n. Ecology The restriction of the range of a plant or animal population to a province or group of provinces.
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- n. The quality of being provincial.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or state of being provincial; peculiarity of language characteristic of a province.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The character of being provincial.
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But we have got fixed in our minds that a more full and harmonious development of their humanity is what the Nonconformists most want, that narrowness, one-sidedness, and incompleteness is what they most suffer from; [xix] in a word, that in what we call provinciality they abound, but in what we may call totality they fall short.
I have noticed among my Mexican friends a certain provinciality.
Though he concedes I lack "provinciality," I must say this sure is pretty fuddlin 'stuff to us boondoctors.
Mr Arnold is right on the average qualities of French prose; whether he is right about the "provinciality" of Jeremy Taylor as compared to Bossuet or not, he is right about "critical freaks," though, by the way -- but it is perhaps unnecessary to finish that sentence.
For too long, thinking has been dulled by provinciality and pork.
Angie's pragmatism was a foil for Mara's dynamism, Paige's business sense countered Peter's provinciality.
Which is to say, I'm a ghost of media past, and not only for my content provinciality.
What I valued about the old museum is that it successfully (if rather unintentionally) conveyed the peculiar spirit of Nixon in all of his petty provinciality, constitutional criminality, delusional grandiosity, and world-class paranoia.
In my books I have described in some detail how this basic fact evoked a Checkovian sense of provinciality, and how, by another route, it led to my questioning my authenticity.
I would complain about Florida—the retrograde politics, the provinciality, the heat, the bugs—and I would live there.