Definition of provincialism in English:

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Pronunciation: /prəˈvin(t)SHəˌlizəm/


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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • It is entirely possible that conservative policies will lead to more cultural regionalism and provincialism.
  • 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.
1.1Narrow-mindedness, insularity, or lack of sophistication: the myopic provincialism of women’s studies
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  • Conservative reaction, like socialist internationalism, was distinctly un-English in its lack of provincialism.
  • Unlike in America, provincialism doesn't equate to lack of culture here.
  • 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.
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.
Example sentences
  • In a disastrous miscalculation, the producers carefully put back all the lame, dated gags and Manhattan provincialisms that dotted the original production.
4The degree to which plant or animal communities are restricted to particular areas.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • Strong uniformity in Permian ammonoid biostratigraphy and provincialism between Xinjiang and Pamir is suggested.
  • Early Permian lagenides do not exhibit marked provincialism, but there is evidence for paleolatitudinal control on assemblages.



noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • In Bulgaria, Detchko Uzunov might be a provincialist or a parochialist, but he surely was not a regionalist.
  • I also argued that recognizing Quebec as a distinct society would give the provincialists the ammunition they need to achieve their ends of dismantling our federation.
  • It's just that being patriotic seems too often to be the banner that's waved by provincialists.

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Syllabification: pro·vin·cial·ism

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