parochial[pə rō′kē əl]
- 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 of parochialMiddle English parochiele ; from Old French parochial ; from Ecclesiastical Medieval Latin parochialis ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin parochia: see parish
- 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 of parochialMiddle English, from Old French, from Late Latin parochiālis, from parochia, diocese; see parish.
(comparative more parochial, superlative most parochial)
- Pertaining to a parish.
- Characterized by an unsophisticated focus on local concerns to the exclusion of wider contexts; elementary in scope or outlook.
- The use of simple, primary colors in the painting gave it a parochial feel.
- Some people in the United States have been accused of taking a parochial view, of not being interested in international matters.
- parochial school
- parochial vicar
From 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 land”) , later “community, diocese”, from Ancient Greek πάροικος (paroikos, “neighbouring, neighbour”), from παρα- (para-) + οἶκος (oikos, “house”).