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 Wirecard exploited this mix of interconnectedness and provincialism. Adrian Daub, The New Republic, 21 Apr. 2021 Boston’s provincialism is regressive, offensive, unwelcoming, and harms us as a city., 20 Mar. 2021 In a country obsessed with TV—where provincialism too often metastasizes into nationalism, and especially at a time when international travel is virtually impossible—the best thing our screens can do is open us up to the world beyond them. Judy Berman, Time, 22 Jan. 2021 In her visits to all three American metropolises, she was struck by their peculiar combination of global power and extreme provincialism. Rachel Donadio, Travel + Leisure, 8 Dec. 2020 This the age of pandemics and the rise of autocrats and nationalism and provincialism. Steven Levy, Wired, 18 Nov. 2020 Their provincialism is the real ill plaguing the country, Coastal Elites argues—never mind the ravages of COVID-19, the steady violence of a racist criminal-justice system, or the worsening threat to voting access. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, 12 Sep. 2020 Yet the perception that the great leaders of old were unsullied by the provincialism of today does not often stand up to scrutiny. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 3 Aug. 2020 Ellison detested the hypocrisy, provincialism and crass materialism of Tuskegee. Saidiya Hartman, New York Times, 19 Dec. 2019

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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 2 Aug. 2021.

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