Definition of provincialism in English:


Line breaks: pro|vin¦cial|ism
Pronunciation: /prəˈvɪnʃ(ə)lɪz(ə)m


[mass noun]
  • 1The way of life characteristic of the regions outside the capital city of a country, especially when regarded as unsophisticated or narrow-minded: book-loving Belle was burning to escape the provincialism of her village
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    • 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: the President warned that focusing on relations with close neighbours would lead to political provincialism
  • 3 [count noun] A word or phrase peculiar to a local area: if an idiom is a provincialism, it is likely to be found in a dialect dictionary
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    • In a disastrous miscalculation, the producers carefully put back all the lame, dated gags and Manhattan provincialisms that dotted the original production.
  • 4 Ecology The degree to which plant or animal communities are restricted to particular areas: the lack of provincialism in Silurian fauna
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    • 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
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  • 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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