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[puh-roh-kee-uh-liz-uh m] /pəˈroʊ ki əˌlɪz əm/
a parochial character, spirit, or tendency; excessive narrowness of interests or view; provincialism.
Origin of parochialism
1840-50; parochial + -ism
Related forms
parochialist, noun
parochialization, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But the time had come when this parochialism of labour in Ireland was to end.

    Ireland Since Parnell Daniel Desmond Sheehan
  • It gave one rather a clear idea of the parochialism of clubland.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • He preaches, he also displays fine perception of the parochialism of the British political career.

    Instigations Ezra Pound
  • Gambetta's contempt for the parochialism of the elections by district was great.

  • They have not lost the quaint simplicity of their parochialism, to become national if not cosmopolitan.

    The Cornwall Coast Arthur L. Salmon
  • It is because of our insecurity and fear that we develop these defensive attitudes of parochialism and churchism.

    Herein is Love Reuel L. Howe
  • But there had always been a frankly cosmopolitan spirit in Browning,—no touch of parochialism or insularity.

Word Origin and History for parochialism

"limited and narrow character or tendency," 1847, from parochial + -ism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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