Definitions for parochialismpəˈroʊ ki əˌlɪz əm
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pa•ro•chi•al•ismpəˈroʊ ki əˌlɪz əm(n.)
a parochial attitude or outlook; narrowness or provincialism.
Origin of parochialism:
a limitation of views or interests like that defined by a local parish
The quality or state of being parochial; especially: selfish pettiness or narrowness (as of interests, opinions, or views).
the quality or state of being parochial in form or nature; a system of management peculiar to parishes
Parochialism means being provincial, being narrow in scope, or considering only small sections of an issue. It may, particularly when used pejoratively, be contrasted to universalism. The term originates from the idea of a parish, one of the smaller divisions within many Christian churches such as the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches.
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