pro·​vin·​ci·​al·​i·​ty prə-ˌvin(t)-shē-ˈa-lə-tē How to pronounce provinciality (audio)
plural provincialities
: an act or instance of provincialism

Examples of provinciality in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By supporting young Russian artists, he and, later, his brother, sought to pry Russian taste from provinciality and aristocratic conservatism. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 24 Feb. 2022 In Japan, the Tōhoku regional accent is stereotypically associated with laziness and provinciality; in Brazil, Northeastern accents are considered socially inferior. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, 18 Feb. 2020 My Camp Ramah might as well have been your Newark, fifty years later and in Southern California, for all its Jewish insularity and provinciality. Elisa Albert, Longreads, 24 May 2018 But overemphasizing that provinciality ignores the expanding world of print that America’s learned few—and those who absorbed their ideas—knew well. Mark G. Spencer, WSJ, 18 Apr. 2018 And so that was a test of our provinciality (laughs). John McMurtrie, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 Mar. 2018 Before the early-modern period, when adventuring sailboats accelerated the mixing of peoples and their bugs, human provinciality was a guard against pandemic. David Wallace-Wells, Daily Intelligencer, 9 July 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1782, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of provinciality was in 1782

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Cite this Entry

“Provinciality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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