Parochial Pa*ro"chi*al, a. [LL. parochialis, from L. parochia. See {Parish}.] 1. Of or pertaining to a parish; restricted to a parish; as, parochial duties; parochial schools. ``Parochial pastors.'' --Bp. Atterbury. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence: Limited; narrow; having or characterized by narrow interests centered on oneself or one's local community; narrow-minded; provincial; as, parochial views. ``The parochial mind.'' --W. Black. [1913 Webster +PJC]

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  • parochial — ● parochial, parochiale, parochiaux adjectif (latin médiéval parochialis) Synonyme de paroissial. ● parochial, parochiale, parochiaux (synonymes) adjectif (latin médiéval parochialis) Synonymes : paroissial …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • parochial — (adj.) late 14c., from Anglo Fr. parochiel (late 13c.), from O.Fr. parochial, from L.L. parochialis of a parish (c.600), from parochia (see PARISH (Cf. parish)). Parochial school is attested from 1755 …   Etymology dictionary

  • parochial — [pə rō′kē əl] adj. [ME parochiele < OFr parochial < ML(Ec) parochialis < LL(Ec) parochia: see PARISH] 1. of or in a parish or parishes 2. restricted to a small area or scope; narrow; limited; provincial [a parochial outlook] parochialism …   English World dictionary

  • parochial — pa·ro·chi·al /pə rō kē əl/ adj: of or relating to a parish Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. parochial I …   Law dictionary

  • parochial — parochial, ale (entrée créée par le supplément) (pa ro ki al, a l ) adj. Qui a rapport à une paroisse. •   Les églises parochiales, RAC. Lexique, éd. P. Mesnard.. ÉTYMOLOGIE    Lat. parochia (voy. paroisse) …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • parochial — *insular, provincial, local, small town Analogous words: circumscribed, restricted, limited, confined (see LIMIT vb): narrow, narrow minded, *illiberal, intolerant, hidebound, bigoted Antonyms: catholic Contrasted words: *universal, cosmopolitan …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • parochial — [adj] narrow minded, restricted biased, bigoted, conservative, conventional, insular, inward looking, limited, local, narrow, petty, prejudiced, provincial, regional, sectarian, sectional, shallow, small minded, small town; concept 542 Ant. broad …   New thesaurus

  • parochial — ► ADJECTIVE 1) relating to a parish. 2) having a narrow outlook or scope. DERIVATIVES parochialism noun. ORIGIN Latin parochialis, from Greek paroikia (see PARISH(Cf. ↑parish)) …   English terms dictionary

  • parochial — adjective /pəˈɹəʊkɪəl,pəˈɹoʊkiəl/ a) Pertaining to a parish. The use of simple, primary colors in the painting gave it a parochial feel b) Characterized by an unsophisticated focus on local concerns to the exclusion of wider contexts; elementary… …   Wiktionary

  • parochial — parochially, adv. parochialness, n. /peuh roh kee euhl/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to a parish or parishes. 2. of or pertaining to parochial schools or the education they provide. 3. very limited or narrow in scope or outlook; provincial:… …   Universalium

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