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parochial

adjective

  1. (pertaining adjective)  relating to, supported by, or located in a parish
  2. (provincial)  narrowly restricted in outlook or scope
    Synonyms: insular. Similar to: provincial

Etymology summary

Anglo-Norman parochial and its source Late Latin parochialis, an alteration of...
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Definition references

Wikipedia:

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... (39 of 483 words)

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Collins Dictionary:

parochial | provincial [synonym, sense-specific] | parochialism [noun, derived]

narrow in outlook or scope; provincial | of or relating to a parish or parishes (14 of 417 words, 2 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/parochial

Merriam-Webster:

parochial | provincial [synonym, sense-specific] | narrow [synonym, sense-specific] | illiberal [synonym, sense-specific] | insular [synonym, sense-specific] | Lilliputian [synonym, sense-specific] | little [synonym, sense-specific] | narrow-minded [synonym, sense-specific] | petty [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

of or relating to a church parish | of or relating to a parish as a unit of local government | confined or restricted as if within the borders of a ... (29 of 262 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/parochial

Oxford Dictionary:

parochial | parochiality [derived] | parochially [derived]

relating to a Church parish | having a limited or narrow outlook or scope (13 of 72 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/parochial

Wiktionary:

parochial

Pertaining to a parish. | Characterized by an unsophisticated focus on local concerns to the exclusion of wider contexts; elementary in scope or outlook. (23 of 62 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/parochial

Macmillan British Dictionary:

parochial

[showing disapproval] not interested in things that do not affect your local area directly ; not willing to accept new ideas or methods | [only before ... (25 of 57 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/parochial

Cambridge Dictionary:

parochial [entry 1]

connected with a parish (an area which has its own church or priest) (13 of 25 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/parochial 1

parochial [entry 2, disapproving] | parochialism [noun, disapproving, derived] | parochially [adverb, disapproving, derived]

showing interest only in a narrow range of matters, especially those which directly influence yourself, your town or your country (20 of 57 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/parochial 2

American Heritage Dictionary:

parochial | parochialism [noun, related] | parochialist [noun, related] | parochially [adverb, related]

Of, relating to, supported by, or located in a parish. | Of or relating to parochial schools. | Narrowly restricted in scope or outlook; provincial (23 of 49 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/parochial

New World Dictionary:

parochial | parochialism [noun, related] | parochialist [noun, related] | parochially [adverb, related]

of or in a parish or parishes | restricted to a small area or scope; narrow; limited; provincial (17 of 42 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/parochial

Random House Dictionary:

parochial

of or pertaining to a parish or parishes. | of or pertaining to parochial schools or the education they provide. | very limited or narrow in scope or ... (26 of 41 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/parochial

Encarta Dictionary:

parochial

concerned only with narrow local concerns without any regard for more general or wider issues | relating or belonging to a parish or parishes (23 of 53 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861723889​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

parochial

Origin: Anglo-Norman parochial and its source Late Latin parochialis, an alteration of paroecialis ("of a church province"), from paroecia, from Hellenistic Greek παροικία (paroikia, "stay in a foreign... (27 of 44 etymology words)

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Online Etymology:

parochial

First use: late 14th century

Origin: Anglo-French parochiel (late 13th century), from Old French parochial, from Late Latin parochialis "of a parish" (about 600), ... (21 of 29 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

parochial

Origin: late Middle English: from Old French, from ecclesiastical Latin parochialis "relating to an ecclesiastical district", from parochia (see "parish")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/parochial

New World Dictionary:

parochial

Origin: Middle English parochiele from Old French parochial from ecclesiastical Medieval Latin parochialis from ecclesiastical Late Latin ... (16 of 19 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/parochial

Merriam-Webster:

parochial

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English parochiall, from Anglo-French parochial, from Late Latin parochialis, from parochia parish

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/parochial

American Heritage Dictionary:

parochial

Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin parochiālis, from parochia, diocese; see "parish".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/parochial

Collins Dictionary:

parochial

First use: 14th century

Origin: via Old French from Church Latin parochiālis; see parish

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/parochial

Encarta Dictionary:

parochial

First use: 14th century

Origin: French from ecclesiastical Latin parochialis from parochia

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861723889​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

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Collins Dictionary:

parochial

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

parochial

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

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Cambridge Dictionary:

parochial [entry 2, disapproving]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "parochial"

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the Free Dictionary:

parochial

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Google Dictionary:

parochial

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

parochial

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YourDictionary Audio:

parochial

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