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as in: limited by a parochial view Define
narrowly restricted in outlook -- typically concerned only with local matters
  • She is very practical, but I’m bored by her parochial outlook.
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as in: parochial school Define
relating to religious organization -- especially a parish (church and surrounding area)
  • They both attended parochial elementary schools. Hers was Catholic and his was Lutheran.
  • Every Orthodox Jew sent his male children to a yeshiva, a Jewish parochial school,
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
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  • I went to parochial school a long time ago.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • The parochial snobbery of these people was partly responsible for their failure to convert the Indians.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible

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  • On balance, he’s learned to be reserved, for fear of slipping into a mispronunciation or some embarrassing parochialism.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • But seeing Frank and his wife began to undermine my parochialism and loosen the hold of the tribalism that still imprisoned me.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • He had moved from a more nationalistic, all-encompassing theme of African unity to a more parochial one addressed to the Xhosa people, of whom he was one.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Thus saying, Mr. Bumble put on his cocked hat wrong side first, in a fever of parochial excitement; and flounced out of the shop.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Yeah, and I even went to parochial school, like you.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • Calling on his women friends at their hospitable apartments in quiet Moscow back streets, he amiably teased them and their husbands on their backwardness and parochialism.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Father Walter and I would alternate officiating at Mass or hearing confession; sometimes we’d be asked to drop in and teach a class at the parochial school one town over.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • So, she appropriated the greater part of the weekly stipend to her own use, and consigned the rising parochial generation to even a shorter allowance than was originally provided for them.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist

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  • The umpire, a gym instructor from a parochial school two blocks away, called the teams together to determine who would bat first.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • A more general and surely less parochial view was that his face had been just barely saved from too-handsomeness, not to say gorgeousness, by virtue of one ear’s protruding slightly more than the other.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • This was not the genteel and parochial South, where monied whites felt they owed some generations-old debt to their black neighbors because their great-great-grandfather owned their great-great-grandfather.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • He knew the voice of her companion also: It was that of a young interne from the county hospital who was assistant to the parochial doctor, he too a familiar figure about the house and also not yet an enemy.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • To the rabbis who taught in the Jewish parochial schools, baseball was an evil waste of time, a spawn of the potentially assimilationist English portion of the yeshiva day.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • He merely returned their salutations with a wave of his hand, and relaxed not in his dignified pace, until he reached the farm where Mrs. Mann tended the infant paupers with parochial care.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Most of the students were children of immigrant Jews who preferred to regard themselves as having been emancipated from the fenced-off ghetto mentality typical of the other Jewish parochial schools in Brooklyn.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • This latter yeshiva was somewhat looked down upon by the students of other Jewish parochial schools of Brooklyn: it offered more English subjects than the required minimum, and it taught its Jewish subjects in Hebrew rather than Yiddish.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • An American nationalist who had lived a great part of his brief life abroad, he could not yield his devotion to the national interest for the narrowly partisan, parochial and pro-British outlook which dominated New England’s first political party.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • Formerly Caroline Jellyby, spinster, then of Thavies Inn, within the city of London, but extra-parochial; now of Newman Street, Oxford Street.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • His voice was rather parochial, but he did not quite see his way to answering naturally.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • The flood of tears, however, left him no resource; so he at once gave him a drubbing, which satisfied even Mrs. Sowerberry herself, and rendered Mr. Bumble’s subsequent application of the parochial cane, rather unnecessary.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • They went about proving this by organizing the Jewish parochial schools in and around our area into competitive leagues, and once every two weeks the schools would compete against one another in a variety of sports.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • He had inched him up through back alleys and smaller races, bypassing the nationally spotlighted races in favor of slow cultivation and parochial seclusion.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • Bad parochial school flashback?
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • Rocking north in a pleasantly vacant car of the BMT, I tried distractedly to read a copy of the Brooklyn Eagle, with its parochial concerns, gave up the effort, and as I thought of Leslie it occurred to me that I had never in my life set foot across the doorstep of a Jewish household.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Schwartzie had pleaded exhaustion, and since this was the final inning—our parochial school schedules only permitted us time for five-inning games—and the yeshiva team’s last chance at bat, Mr. Galanter was taking no chances and told me to pitch.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • In the first place the parochial organisation should always be attacked, because, being a unity of place and not of likings, it brings people of different classes and psychology together in the kind of unity the Enemy desires.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • Two or three curates who had hoped for preferment told their wives it was scandalous to give a parish that needed a young, strong, and energetic man to an old fellow who knew nothing of parochial work, and had feathered his nest already; but the mutterings of the unbeneficed clergy do not reach the ears of a cathedral Chapter.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • Mr. Bumble had been despatched to make various preliminary inquiries, with the view of finding out some captain or other who wanted a cabin-boy without any friends; and was returning to the workhouse to communicate the result of his mission; when he encountered at the gate, no less a person than Mr. Sowerberry, the parochial undertaker.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • His own parochialism made him ashamed by its contrast.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Marita used to go to a parochial school down the street from her home, until her mother heard of KIPP.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • Wuz way out over St. Jame’s Parochial on Twelft’ an’ Avenee C-yuh c’n see de cross-See it?
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • I became a wit and humorist of the parochial kind, and the amount I was able to show off in print must have been a great comfort to me.
    Eudora Welty  --  One Writer’s Beginnings
  • American feminism must become less parochial, so that it is every bit as concerned with sex slavery in Asia as with Title IX sports programs in Illinois.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • There had been a conference once of the parochial clergy in the capital, in the happy days of the old governor, and he could remember Padre Jose slinking in at the tail of every meeting, curled up half out of sight in a back row, never opening his mouth.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • But there were also little children, and I wondered if Simon had taken in an entire family; and then, from the way the woman kept me standing, I began to grasp that this was no longer our flat, and an older girl wearing the dress of St. Helen’s parochial school came to tell me that her father had bought the furniture and taken over the flat from the man who owned it.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • But to the students of most of the parochial schools, an inter-league baseball victory had come to take on only a shade less significance than a top grade in Talmud, for it was an unquestioned mark of one’s Americanism, and to be counted a loyal American had become increasingly important to us during these last years of the war.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • On glancing at the address, the parochial functionary observed that it contained no name.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • On the strength of that performance, 90 percent of KIPP students get scholarships to private or parochial high schools instead of having to attend their own desultory high schools in the Bronx.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • The answers were all based on official data furnished by governors and heads of churches, and founded on the reports of district magistrates and ecclesiastical superintendents, founded in their turn on the reports of parochial overseers and parish priests; and so all of these answers were unhesitating and certain.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Massive throngs, a "million-dollar cast" of Hollywood stars, and three days of patriotic fervor awaited them in Chicago, where several hundred thousand public and parochial schoolchildren had become volunteer bond salespeople.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Danny and I probably would never have met—or we would have met under altogether different circumstances—had it not been for America’s entry into the Second World War and the desire this bred on the part of some English teachers in the Jewish parochial schools to show the gentile world that yeshiva students were as physically fit, despite their long hours of study, as any other American student.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • By those best acquainted with his habits, the paleness of the young minister’s cheek was accounted for by his too earnest devotion to study, his scrupulous fulfilment of parochial duty, and more than all, to the fasts and vigils of which he made a frequent practice, in order to keep the grossness of this earthly state from clogging and obscuring his spiritual lamp.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • This is no longer an age of parochialism but of competition, in art and science just as much as in commerce—co-operation with your own group, but with those outside it, competition to the death! Plug up the holes thoroughly, later, but we can’t have somebody else stealing a march on us.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • And this, if you please, at the very moment when the political problem, having suddenly ceased to mean a very limited and occasional interference, mostly by way of jobbing public appointments, in the mismanagement of a tight but parochial little island, with occasional meaningless prosecution of dynastic wars, has become the industrial reorganization of Britain, the construction of a practically international Commonwealth, and the partition of the whole of Africa and perhaps the whole…
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • I was an apikoros to Danny Saunders, despite my belief in God and Torah, because I did not have side curls and was attending a parochial school where too many English subjects were offered and where Jewish subjects were taught in Hebrew instead of Yiddish, both unheard-of sins, the former because it took time away from the study of Torah, the latter because Hebrew was the Holy Tongue and to use it in ordinary classroom discourse was a desecration of God’s Name.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • And all the memories I had of the travels: the two-lane highways connecting Marine bases through the swamps and cypress shadows, the station wagon clogged with children (and a black mongrel dog) rolling into parochial villages past midnight, beneath the hulk of a many-columned, stern-mouthed courthouse, a traffic light, the changing gears, the hum of a restless engine, the pressure of Dad’s foot on the accelerator, the children sleeping, and the radio shifting night announcers and easy…
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • …compelled, by want of time and space, to postpone to some more convenient and fitting opportunity; on the arrival of which, he will be prepared to show, that a beadle properly constituted: that is to say, a parochial beadle, attached to a parochial workhouse, and attending in his official capacity the parochial church: is, in right and virtue of his office, possessed of all the excellences and best qualities of humanity; and that to none of those excellences, can mere companies’…
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • …reader but which he is unfortunately compelled, by want of time and space, to postpone to some more convenient and fitting opportunity; on the arrival of which, he will be prepared to show, that a beadle properly constituted: that is to say, a parochial beadle, attached to a parochial workhouse, and attending in his official capacity the parochial church: is, in right and virtue of his office, possessed of all the excellences and best qualities of humanity; and that to none of those…
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
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