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

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The way things have been handled the past few weeks has smacked of provincialism. Eric Bolin, ajc, "Bret Bielema paid the price for not playing politics at Arkansas," 26 Nov. 2017 In Sinclair Lewis’ Main Street or Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio—to name just twofamous literary examples of this critique—the communal spirit serves as a byword for provincialism, and bigotry. Jeet Heer, New Republic, "Facebook’s Promise of Community Is a Lie," 7 Oct. 2017 No matter how many movers and shakers roll in and out of town, or how many sophisticated boutiques grace its streets, Milan simply cannot escape its provincialism. Elle Decor Staff, ELLE Decor, "ELLE DECOR Goes to Milan," 20 Sep. 2010 But when the sport itself leaves the country, the provincialism sets in. Jon Wertheim,, "Mailbag: Injuries Will Be Common Theme at U.S. Open, But What's To Blame?," 23 Aug. 2017 Some combination of D.C. provincialism and the Rip Van Winkle effect of seven years behind bars would have to be overcome. Sally Singer, Vogue, "Now a Free Woman, Chelsea Manning Is Redefining Her Style on Her Own Terms," 22 Aug. 2017 For others, admitting to and shedding their Manhattan provincialism takes more time. Kenneth R. Rosen, New York Times, "Growing Up in, and Outgrowing, Manhattan," 5 May 2017 The apparent provincialism of the inhabitants of the plains is actually a kind of camouflage: A plainsman would not only claim to be ignorant of the ways of other regions but willingly appear to be misinformed about them. Ben Lerner, The New Yorker, "A Strange Australian Masterpiece," 29 Mar. 2017 And Richard’s big ideas don’t square with small-minded provincialism that extends from the father of his beloved (Ricardo Guiterrez) to his own older brother (longtime American Players Theatre actor Travis A. Knight). Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Eugene O'Neill's 'Ah, Wilderness!' a comedy of yearning and summer romance," 27 June 2017

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First Known Use of provincialism

1770, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of provincialism was in 1770

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