- The definition of parochial is something related to a church or someone who has a narrow or simplistic view on life.
- An example of parochial is the type of education received from a catholic school.
- An example of parochial is someone who has never been outside of his town and who adheres strictly to his small town values and religious values.
- of or in a parish or parishes
- restricted to a small area or scope; narrow; limited; provincial: a parochial outlook
Origin: Middle English parochiele from Old French parochial from Ecclesiastical Medieval Latin parochialis from Ecclesiastical Late Latin parochia: see parish
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- Of, relating to, supported by, or located in a parish.
- Of or relating to parochial schools.
- Narrowly restricted in scope or outlook; provincial: parochial attitudes.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin parochiālis, from parochia, diocese; see parish.
- pa·roˈchi·al·ism noun
- pa·roˈchi·al·ist noun
- pa·roˈchi·al·ly adverb