What does parochial mean?

Definitions for parochial
pəˈroʊ ki əlparochial

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. parochial(adj)

    relating to or supported by or located in a parish

    "parochial schools"

  2. insular, parochial(adj)

    narrowly restricted in outlook or scope

    "little sympathy with parochial mentality"; "insular attitudes toward foreigners"


  1. Parochial(a.)

    Hence: Limited; narrow; having or characterized by narrow interests centered on oneself or one's local community; narrow-minded; provincial; as, parochial views.

  2. Origin: [LL. parochialis, from L. parochia. See Parish.]


  1. parochial(Adjective)

    Pertaining to a parish.

  2. parochial(Adjective)

    Characterized by an unsophisticated focus on local concerns to the exclusion of wider contexts; elementary in scope or outlook.

  3. Origin: From parochial and its source parochialis, an alteration of paroecialis, from paroecia, from Hellenistic Greek παροικία , later “community, diocese”, from πάροικος, from παρα- + οἶκος.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Parochial(adj)

    of or pertaining to a parish; restricted to a parish; as, parochial duties

  2. Origin: [LL. parochialis, from L. parochia. See Parish.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Parochial

    par-ō′ki-al, adj. of or relating to a parish: restricted or confined within narrow limits—of sentiments, tastes, &c.—v.t. Parō′chialise, to form into parishes.—n. Parō′chialism, a system of local government which makes the parish the unit—hence provincialism, narrowness of view.—adv. Parō′chially.—Parochial Board (in Scotland), the board in each parish which relieves the poor. [L. parochialisparochia, a variant of parœcia.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of parochial in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of parochial in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of parochial in a Sentence

  1. John Kennedy:

    The latter would be in the national interest. The former would be in the President's parochial interests and would be over the line.

  2. George Moore:

    Art must be parochial in the beginning to be cosmopolitan in the end.

  3. William Howard Taft:

    Now, I am opposed to the franchise in the District [of Columbia]; I am opposed, and not because I yield to any one in my support and belief in the principles of self-government; but principles are applicable generally, and then, unless you make exceptions to the application of these principles, you will find that they will carry you to very illogical and absurd results. This was taken out of the application of the principle of self-government in the very Constitution that was intended to put that in force in every other part of the country, and it was done because it was intended to have the representatives of all the people in the country control this one city, and to prevent its being controlled by the parochial spirit that would necessarily govern men who did not look beyond the city to the grandeur of the nation, and this as the representative of that nation.

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  • provinční, omezený, farní, lokálníCzech
  • provinziell, Pfarr-, beschränkt, Gemeinde-, engstirnigGerman
  • parroquial, provincianoSpanish
  • محدودPersian
  • seurakunnallinen, nurkkakuntainenFinnish
  • paroissial, égocentrique, provincial, paroissiale, étriquéFrench
  • संकीर्णHindi
  • parrocchiale, campanilismo, provincialismoItalian
  • קַרתָנִיHebrew
  • 偏狭Japanese
  • massam paroecialem deferatLatin
  • парохиски, парохијален, малограѓански, епархискиMacedonian
  • zaściankowyPolish
  • paroquial, provincianoPortuguese
  • parohialRomanian
  • узкий, ограниченный, приходской, местническийRussian
  • парохијаланSerbo-Croatian
  • församlings-, socken-Swedish
  • திருச்சபைTamil

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