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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.
1840-50; parochial + -ism
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parochialist, noun
parochialization, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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  • One big obstacle is the parochialism of consumers in wine-producing countries.
  • The study found that it is possible to exploit investors' parochialism to beat the stock market.
  • In the end the resistance that she and the city have encountered has to do mostly with parochialism and selfishness.
  • Despite its lofty tone, the design reeks of parochialism, not bold ideas.
  • One's own civilization or nation must be firmly placed within a truly global context, so as to avoid parochialism.
  • parochialism must be put aside and cooperation must prevail before and after an emergency event.
  • There is no room for parochialism in the endeavor to reduce illegal drugs and their consequence.
  • The parochialism that permeates the region is costly and, at times, counterproductive.
  • We are not going to let turf and parochialism get in the way of what is right for our country.
  • Hence, to speak of all of their dissents as born of a narrow parochialism is not to tell the full story.
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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