Definition of parochial
- our pastor and other parochial leaders
- parochial authorities serve the inhabitants of Louisiana's parishes
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our pastor and other parochial leaders
voters worried about their own parochial concerns
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In the Greek New Testament, the word paroikia means "temporary residence." (It's from the Greek word for "stranger" - paroikos.) Early Christians used this designation for their colonies because they considered heaven their real home. But temporary or not, these Christian colonies became more organized as time went on. Thus, in Late Latin, parochia became the designation for a group of Christians in a given area under the leadership of one pastor - what we came to call a parish in the 14th century. Both parish and its related adjective parochial were borrowed at that time directly from Middle French terms that had been derived from the Late Latin. We didn't begin to use parochial in its "narrow" sense until the mid-19th century.
: of or relating to a church parish and the area around it
: limited to only the things that affect your local area
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to speak or write verbosely and windily
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