pa·​ro·​chi·​al·​ism | \ pə-ˈrō-kē-ə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce parochialism (audio) \

Definition of parochialism

: the quality or state of being parochial especially : selfish pettiness or narrowness (as of interests, opinions, or views)

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Recent Examples on the Web Another measure of parochialism is the percentage of Americans who have a passport, a number that is drastically lower than in many other countries in the global north. Dexter Fergie, The New Republic, 24 Mar. 2022 Her dramas set in Spain, Troy, and Babylon brought European and world culture into a literature that had been forced into parochialism. Uilleam Blacker, The Atlantic, 10 Mar. 2022 It’s Beltway-style parochialism at the stove, each recipe the culinary equivalent of a Politico newsletter. Washington Post, 3 Dec. 2021 Scottish football is even more parochial than most, and Glasgow’s football environment would compete with anywhere in the world for parochialism. Mike Meehall Wood, Forbes, 31 May 2021 While this is the peak of Scottish parochialism, the pressure of managing Celtic is huge, and will be more than Postecoglou has ever faced before. Mike Meehall Wood, Forbes, 31 May 2021 Not parochialism, nationalism, or individualism, but humanity. Alexander Finlayson, Forbes, 7 Apr. 2021 Other premiers have experienced similar boosts based on muscular parochialism — even though Australians were movers before the pandemic. New York Times, 14 Jan. 2021 Voters also opted to keep four at-large council seats, thus providing a buffer against excessive parochialism. Washington Post, 6 Nov. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of parochialism

1847, in the meaning defined above

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“Parochialism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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