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provincial -- as in: provincial attitude
Her parents seemed to fall back in love and even her totally provincial brother learned both Icelandic and French.
Sara Shepard, Pretty Little Liars
An idiot in tight pants; oppressed by that prig of a husband; typically provincial and judgmental of everyone.
Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones
It was as if we were a provincial audience,
Susanna Kaysen, Girl Interrupted
Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial "outside agitator" idea.
Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from a Birmingham Jail
Native San Franciscans, possessive of the city, had to cope with an influx, not of awed respectful tourists but of raucous unsophisticated provincials.
Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Though he thought the city was fascinating, the society, in his opinion, was somewhat provincial. People tended to stay at home most of the time. There was nothing to drink. "...I couldn't even hold her hand on the street without attracting stares," he had said.
Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake
Scold me all you like for a provincial ninny, you have no such actresses in Spain.
Thornton Wilder, The Bridge of San Luis Rey
...to correct Henry's provincial manners and speech and clothing.
William Faulkner, Absalom, Absalom!
His clothes were too heavy and provincial.
Sinclair Lewis, Main Street
But young men didn't - at least in my provincial inexperience I believed they didn't - drift coolly out of nowhere and buy a palace on Long Island Sound.
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
She had ordered gowns of the utmost magnificence and sophistication—and in these, which would only make her look all the more stupid and provincial, she was going to Camelot to fight her battle with the English Queen.
T. H. White, The Once and Future King
And I, a shabby, poverty-struck, hemmed-in demonstrator, teaching fools in a provincial college, might suddenly become—this.
H.G. Wells, The Invisible Man
Then they talked about provincial mediocrity, of the lives it crushed, the illusions lost there.
Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary
New England can hire all the wise men in the world to come and teach her, and board them round the while, and not be provincial at all.
Henry David Thoreau, Walden
I am but a poor provincial gentleman, who removeth his shoes before entering the dwellings of the learned.
Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame
with two Provincial roses on my razed shoes
William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
He was one of Herat's best-connected men, friend of the mayor and the provincial governor.
Khaled Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns
I shrank my own life. ... I settled for being pallid and provincial, out of my own eternal timidity.
Peter Shaffer, Equus
Mentally he was in a provincial future, that is, he was in many points abreast with the central town thinkers of his date.
Thomas Hardy, The Return of the Native

provincial -- as in: provincial attitude
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