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as in:  provincial attitude

In that well-traveled company I felt uncomfortably provincial.
  unsophisticated (meant disapprovingly to refer to old-fashioned or narrow-minded attitudes and ideas)
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provincials provincial
Strongly Associated with:   cosmopolitan
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  • In that well-traveled company I felt uncomfortably provincial.
  • narrow provincial attitudes
  • Without consideration, he dismissed her ideas as provincial.
  • To the urbane, such a view sometimes sounds embarrassingly provincial.
    Nicholas Eberstadt  --  Starved for Ideas  -- 06/29/06)

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  • In the years since, ... educational thinkers have unapologetically called for schooling to free students from the yoke of their family’s provincial understandings.
    Frederick M. Hess  --  What Is a "Public School"?  -- 06/29/06)
  • Her parents seemed to fall back in love and even her totally provincial brother learned both Icelandic and French.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • 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
  • An idiot in tight pants; oppressed by that prig of a husband; typically provincial and judgmental of everyone.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • 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
  • with two Provincial roses on my razed shoes
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

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  • 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
  • Scold me all you like for a provincial ninny, you have no such actresses in Spain.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • 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
  • Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial "outside agitator" idea.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  • It was as if we were a provincial audience,
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • Then they talked about provincial mediocrity, of the lives it crushed, the illusions lost there.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • 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
  • correct Henry’s provincial manners and speech and clothing.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • His clothes were too heavy and provincial.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • 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
  • 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
  • deeply provincial and conformist
  • For unless you own the whale, you are but a provincial and sentimentalist in Truth.
    Melville, Herman  --  Moby Dick LXVIII-CXXXIV
  • 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.
    Thoreau, Henry David  --  Walden & on the Duty of Civil Disobedience
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Associated words [difficulty]:   provincial [2] , cosmopolitan [4]
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