pro·​vin·​cial·​ism | \ prə-ˈvin(t)-shə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce provincialism (audio) \

Definition of provincialism

1 : a dialectal or local word, phrase, or idiom
2 : the quality or state of being provincial

Examples of provincialism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Robert’s funeral, a smug Czech editor accuses Less of provincialism. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, 12 Sep. 2022 The classroom of the outstanding Register’s Mr. Smith seems a kind of oasis of enlightenment for a one-stoplight town in northern Georgia (or maybe, we city slickers are just too quick to impose our own provincialism on rural America). Peter Marks, Washington Post, 20 May 2022 Her response to provincialism and ethnic nationalism in Israel was to formulate an embodied synthesis of cultures. New York Times, 16 Apr. 2022 The consequences of the State Department’s restrictions on border crossings—along with the provincialism of American media and the federal government’s efforts to eliminate foreign propaganda—were far-reaching. Dexter Fergie, The New Republic, 24 Mar. 2022 Instead, provincialism and distrust have short-circuited the work. oregonlive, 7 Jan. 2022 Her workaholism, provincialism, and affinity for Starbucks strike them as trashy—or, in the one piece of foreign vocab the show drills into its English-speaking viewers, ringarde! Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 28 Dec. 2021 In a globalized world, this kind of provincialism and incrementalism has merit. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 2 Nov. 2021 Unpredictably, the director splays himself across its seven and a half hours, offering up his messiness and his provincialism in equal proportion to his brilliance and his sensitivity. The New Yorker, 6 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of provincialism

1770, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Provincialism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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