pa·​ro·​chi·​al·​ism pə-ˈrō-kē-ə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce parochialism (audio)
: the quality or state of being parochial
especially : selfish pettiness or narrowness (as of interests, opinions, or views)

Examples of parochialism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But pioneering Zionist settlement in Palestine began as a secularist revolution against religious Diaspora parochialism as much as against pogroms. Jordan Castro, Harper's Magazine, 9 Jan. 2024 Different nominee, different holdouts—same grandstanding, same parochialism. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, 20 Oct. 2023 Mostly the appeal is a bit of New York island parochialism, endearing and annoying at once. Curbed, 1 Mar. 2023 In the mid-20th century, at the behest of Ascanio, Spanish magicians like Tamariz learned English in order to study the canonical literature of the craft then emerging from North America and the United Kingdom — in its way, a small act of rebellion against the parochialism of the Franco regime. Shuja Haider, New York Times, 2 Jan. 2023 But being decried by smug East Coast literati, the sort of elites McCormick had famously blamed for America’s ills with a parochialism inherited by some successors, could have been seen as a plus in Tribune Tower. Ron Grossman, Chicago Tribune, 26 Mar. 2023 Part of the reason is parochialism. Matthew Continetti, National Review, 12 Sep. 2020 Climate change therefore represents an opportunity for parochialism that can't be completely ignored when assessing the views of senior officials with budgetary skin in the game. Keith Kloor, Discover Magazine, 9 July 2010 Ibn Battuta's work bleeds with unexamined parochialism, prejudice, and xenophobia against other races and non-Muslims. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 1 Apr. 2012 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of parochialism was in 1847

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“Parochialism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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