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parochial (adj) interested in only local issues and not in the more important things that happen in the outside world; concerning a parish.

You are parochial if you show narrow interest in your own area. You are parochial if you are interested in what happens in your area and not in the things that happen outside your area and are more important. You are parochial if you show interest in your area and are not concerned about what happens elsewhere. 'Some of the people in the town are parochial; they think and talk very high of their town and want its development only.' This means that these people are parochial. Parochial people place their area's interest above others'. A parochial school is a school run by a parish. A parochial institution is one run by a parish.

  • The parochial attitude of the people makes them praise their place above others. They cannot tolerate other places being considered more important than theirs.
  • They are parochial to the extent of denying river waters to thier next area, though there is enough water in the river for both of them.
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