Definition of provincialism in English:



  • 1The way of life or mode of thought characteristic of the regions outside the capital city of a country, especially when regarded as unsophisticated or narrow-minded.

    • ‘To her they figure as an escape from the provincialism of Bursley, but they are also a form of exile to which she consigns herself for having allowed her invalid father to die on her watch.’
    • ‘Although the Kentucky native is now a devoted Texan, Mills shuns provincialism in his work.’
    • ‘I think there is a real need to get away from all this regional provincialism - especially in a country where literature itself is so much at risk.’
    • ‘Scout Finch was so caught up in small town provincialism that she regarded a Cunningham as socially inferior.’
    • ‘It is entirely possible that conservative policies will lead to more cultural regionalism and provincialism.’
    everyday language, spoken language, colloquial speech, native speech, conversational language, common parlance, non-standard language, jargon, -speak, cant, slang, idiom, argot, patois, dialect
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    1. 1.1Narrow-mindedness, insularity, or lack of sophistication.
      ‘the myopic provincialism of women's studies’
      • ‘But given the partisanship and intense provincialism of the Czech Republic, any president who bucks the system and is as cosmopolitan as Havel would face difficulties.’
      • ‘I also want to make it clear that there is no room for provincialism, cliques or personal prejudices in the national side.’
      • ‘Could the United States shake off its provincialism and develop a true civilization worthy of its European heritage?’
      • ‘Aitken professes to be astounded by both the explanation and the corresponding public response, considering them examples of invincible American provincialism.’
      • ‘Like Bush, he is widely regarded as a philistine and intellectually limited man, whose pomposity and sense of self-importance are exceeded only by his provincialism.’
      • ‘As I got to know the art world, I was shocked by its provincialism.’
      • ‘It's the height of provincialism to assume that nations only act because they're pushed one way or another by America or Europe.’
      • ‘Unlike in America, provincialism doesn't equate to lack of culture here.’
      • ‘Each exhibit suggests that some of the provincialism that has characterized the Canadian art world in the past (and to which some of our critics still succumb) may someday be sloughed off.’
      • ‘Mansbach always notes examples of provincialism, where artists just did not know what was happening outside the borders of their country.’
      • ‘Every glimpse provided North American audiences into the lives, problems and thinking of peoples around the world, including their artistic circles, is a blow against provincialism and narrowness.’
      • ‘Conservative reaction, like socialist internationalism, was distinctly un-English in its lack of provincialism.’
      • ‘That type of narrow provincialism is exactly what I associate with those who advocate preserving the ‘sanctity’ of marriage.’
      • ‘We have to cut through all forms of provincialism, parochialism, and tribalism - this is the perennial struggle of being a progressive.’
      • ‘The parochial provincialism of mindless Eurocentrism has distorted the history of civilization as originating in Greece while summing up India's contribution in a line or two.’
      • ‘Along with their brother Andrei, who wants to become a philosophy professor, they all dream of returning to cosmopolitan Moscow and escaping the mediocrity and provincialism of their lives.’
      • ‘An eschatological vision of the world may offer an alternative way out of the impasse of provincialism and confessionalism.’
      narrow-mindedness, blinkered approach, blinkered attitude, parochialism, provincialism, localism, narrowness, small-mindedness, pettiness, short-sightedness, myopia, inflexibility, dogmatism, illiberality, intolerance, prejudice, bigotry, bias, partisanship, sectarianism, xenophobia, discrimination
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  • 2Concern for one's own area or region at the expense of national or supranational unity.

  • 3A word or phrase peculiar to a local area.

    • ‘In a disastrous miscalculation, the producers carefully put back all the lame, dated gags and Manhattan provincialisms that dotted the original production.’
    wording, diction, phrasing, phraseology, style, vocabulary, terminology, expressions, turns of phrase, parlance, manner of speaking, manner of writing, way of talking, form of expression, mode of expression, usages, locutions, idiolect, choice of words, rhetoric, oratory
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  • 4The degree to which plant or animal communities are restricted to particular areas.

    • ‘The absence of any European and North American genera of stricklandioids is a strong indication of pentameride provincialism in South China.’
    • ‘Strong uniformity in Permian ammonoid biostratigraphy and provincialism between Xinjiang and Pamir is suggested.’
    • ‘Because distinctive provincialism of belemnites prevailed until the Barremian-Aptian, other factors such as temperature may have also played an important role.’
    • ‘Early Permian lagenides do not exhibit marked provincialism, but there is evidence for paleolatitudinal control on assemblages.’
    • ‘The pattern of Ashgill brachiopod provincialism can be traced back to the early Caradoc (Nemagraptus gracilis Biozone) during the major global sea level rise and marine transgression.’