provincialism


provincialism
/preuh vin"sheuh liz'euhm/, n.
1. narrowness of mind, ignorance, or the like, considered as resulting from lack of exposure to cultural or intellectual activity.
2. a trait, habit of thought, etc., characteristic of a provincial, a province, or the provinces.
3. a word, expression, or mode of pronunciation peculiar to a province.
4. devotion to one's own province before the nation as a whole.
[1760-70; PROVINCIAL + -ISM]

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Universalium. 2010.