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Definition of Parochialism

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narrow-mindedness; provinciality, state of having a limited perspective
Parochialism Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(n.)
The quality or state of being parochial in form or nature; a system of management peculiar to parishes.
  
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GLOSSARY OF ESOTERIC WORDS
the quality or state of being parochial
*. The advertisers demanded feel good stories on the television. The middle classes refused to leave their cars at home. As the media responded to globalisation with an unprecedented parochialism, campaigners in the rich world lost interest in the damming of the Amazon, the logging of Borneo and the killing of minke whales in the southern oceans. We began to work instead on preventing the construction of new roads at home, or reclaiming our streets and public spaces from cars and corporations(g.monbiot)
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. a limitation of views or interests like that defined by a local parish
(hypernym) narrow-mindedness, narrowness
Parochialism Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
Parochialism is the state of mind, whereby one focuses on small sections of an issue rather than considering its wider context. More generally, it consists of being narrow in scope. In that respect, it is a synonym of "provincial". It may, particularly when used pejoratively, be contrasted to universalism.

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