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parochial (pəˈrəʊkɪəl Pronunciation for parochial



  1. narrow in outlook or scope; provincial
  2. of or relating to a parish or parishes

Derived Forms

paˈrochialˌism noun
paˌrochiˈality noun
paˈrochially adverb

Word Origin

C14: via Old French from Church Latin parochiālis; see parish

Translations for 'parochial'

  • British English: parochial If you describe someone as parochial, you are critical of them because you think they are too concerned with their own affairs and should be thinking about more important things. ADJECTIVE
  • Brazilian Portuguese: provinciano
  • Chinese: 思想偏狭的思想偏狭狹的
  • European Spanish: estrecho de miras estrecha de miras
  • French: borné bornée
  • German: engstirnig
  • Italian: provinciale
  • Japanese: 視野が狭い
  • Korean: 편협한
  • Portuguese: provinciano provinciana
  • Spanish: estrecho de miras estrecha de miras

Example Sentences Including 'parochial'

'They were racist, xenophobic, thick, illiterate, parochial ', says Collins, summing up the prevailing view.
Spiked (2005)
Berlin, coming back into its own after half a century as a huge parochial paradox, was an obvious choice.
Martin, Joy The Image of Laura
But now the parochial council has applied for leave to appeal.
Times, Sunday Times (2001)
In the bitter aftermath, a once advancing German political culture was dashed into the parochial pieces of smaller rival states.
Veronica Buckley CHRISTINA QUEEN OF SWEDEN: The Restless Life of a European Eccentric (2004)
Some of Winton's characters have wrenched themselves away from their parochial origins.
The Australian (2004)
Someone told me there were thieves to be crucified with the Nazarene -- Roman efficiency puts our parochial administration to shame.
various & introduction by Deirdre Chapman A Roomful of Birds - Scottish short stories 1990
That is the kind of parochial analysis that gets us nowhere.
Glasgow Herald (2002)
The blonde-haired nugget was at his parochial best last Sunday during the Waratahs ' dramatic victory over Wests.
Australian News Misc (2004)
We were one of its parochial clichs, like the `inimitable Ulster sense of humour '.
David Cavanagh MUSIC FOR BOYS (2003)


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