Parochial meaning

pə-rōkē-əl
Restricted to a small area or scope; narrow; limited; provincial.

A parochial outlook.

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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.

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Of or in a parish or parishes.
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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.

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Narrowly restricted in scope or outlook; provincial.

Parochial attitudes.

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Of or relating to parochial schools.
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Pertaining to a parish.
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Of, relating to, supported by, or located in a parish.
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Origin of parochial

  • Middle English from Old French from Late Latin parochiālis from parochia diocese parish

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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").

    From Wiktionary