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parochial

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adjective pa·ro·chi·al \pə-ˈrō-kē-əl\

Simple Definition of parochial

  • : of or relating to a church parish and the area around it

  • : limited to only the things that affect your local area

Full Definition of parochial

  1. 1 :  of or relating to a church parish

  2. 2 :  of or relating to a parish as a unit of local government

  3. 3 :  confined or restricted as if within the borders of a parish :  limited in range or scope (as to a narrow area or region) :  provincial, narrow

pa·ro·chi·al·ly play \-kē-ə-lē\ adverb

Examples of parochial

  1. It has never been clearer that the country's best self is a global inheritance, its worst a parochial self-certainty. —Jedediah Purdy, New York Times Book Review, 22 Feb. 2009

  2. There is no patience for the parochial, the small-time, the stay-in-place, not in Los Angeles. —Richard Hoffer, Sports Illustrated, 8 Sept. 2008

  3. … during the mid-1780s, Madison had two great goals. The first was to inculcate an enlightened sense of national interest in legislators whose political instincts were innately parochial. —Jack N. Rakove, Original Meanings …, 1996

  4. our pastor and other parochial leaders

  5. voters worried about their own parochial concerns



Origin of parochial

Middle English parochiall, from Anglo-French parochial, from Late Latin parochialis, from parochia parish — more at parish


First Known Use: 14th century

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