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narrow-minded


ignorant and narrow minded
  intolerant of different beliefs; or lacking breadth of view
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  • ignorant and narrow minded
  • a brilliant but narrow-minded judge
  • Do you think I am narrow-minded?
    Henrik Ibsen  --  A Doll’s House
  • People are so narrow-minded.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Magician’s Nephew

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  • And you, you are a pompous, narrow-minded old—
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • She felt completely justified in deceiving her aunt and uncle; they were narrow-minded and mistaken.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • But now he can make this all my fault, my narrow-mindedness or fuddy-duddiness or whatever he wants to call it.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • I know that sounds really narrow-minded, but I don’t.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • His father was a narrow-minded trader and saw idleness and ruin in the aspirations and ambition of his son.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • The fanatics who went around preaching that all structures must be modern were just as narrow-minded as the hidebound conservatives who demanded that we employ nothing but historical styles.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead

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  • When I open a book, the words sort themselves into narrow-minded single file on the page; the mirror-image poems erase themselves half-formed in my mind.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Other possibilities had been in him, possibilities sacrificed, one by one, to Zeena’s narrow-mindedness and ignorance.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • And whereas their offspring are narrow-minded, if cunning, Lethrblaka have all the intelligence of a dragon.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • I was way too acquainted with the narrow-minded, "our way is the only right way" ideas of the People of Faith.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • My dear Jane, Mr. Collins is a conceited, pompous, narrow-minded, silly man; you know he is, as well as I do; and you must feel, as well as I do, that the woman who married him cannot have a proper way of thinking.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Nevertheless, as this young man was in the eye of the law not a man, but a thing, all these superior qualifications were subject to the control of a vulgar, narrow-minded, tyrannical master.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Just because you’re so narrow-minded you need to have everything shoved under your nose before you —’
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • My young lady asked some aid of her when she first came; but Mr. Heathcliff told her to follow her own business, and let his daughter-in-law look after herself; and Zillah willingly acquiesced, being a narrow-minded, selfish woman.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Haven’t the ignorant, narrow-minded curs reviled me as an enemy of the people?
    Henrik Ibsen  --  An Enemy of the People
  • "Of all the narrow-minded excuses," McKisco looked around to establish a derisive liaison with some one else, but without success.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • But Mrs. John Dashwood was a strong caricature of himself;— more narrow-minded and selfish.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • He blushed for the narrow-minded counsel which he was obliged to expose.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • You’re so narrow-minded.
    Meg Cabot  --  The Princess Diaries
  • You feel I have been narrow-minded and suspicious?
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • He knew as well as she did that they were making fun of his spats and he was filled with bitterness at the narrow-mindedness of Williamsburg.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • Carver’s problem, then, is how to get from the nasty, prejudiced, narrow-minded person of the opening page to the point where he can actually have a blind man’s hand on his own at the ending.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Nobody was narrow-minded enough to rake up against her the half-forgotten facts of her father’s past and her own origin.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • He is not stubborn, not narrow-minded, not lazy, not stupid.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • These narrow-minded reactionaries are still fighting us.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Take the Tortillas out of Your Poetry
  • Forget on narrow-minded earth The Mighty Yawn that gave you birth.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • But I wished her to have a friend for life,—who would cherish her, who would do her more justice than a coarse and narrow-minded brother, that she has always lavished her affections on.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Women are supposed to be very calm generally: but women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties, and a field for their efforts, as much as their brothers do; they suffer from too rigid a restraint, too absolute a stagnation, precisely as men would suffer; and it is narrow-minded in their more privileged fellow-creatures to say that they ought to confine themselves to making puddings and knitting stockings, to playing on the piano and embroidering bags.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • The agents that the Bureau could command varied all the way from unselfish philanthropists to narrow-minded busybodies and thieves; and even though it be true that the average was far better than the worst, it was the occasional fly that helped spoil the ointment.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Thus pleasantly conversing on the favorable circumstances of our position as compared with those of past pilgrims and of narrow-minded ones at the present day, we soon found ourselves at the foot of the Hill Difficulty.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Celestial Railroad
  • National one-sidedness and narrow-mindedness become more and more impossible, and from the numerous national and local literatures, there arises a world literature.
    Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels  --  The Communist Manifesto
  • Isabel’s chief dread in life at this period of her development was that she should appear narrow-minded; what she feared next afterwards was that she should really be so.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • Resentment at what he considered Judith’s obstinacy was blended with mortification at the career he had since reaching the lake, and, as is usual with the vulgar and narrow-minded, he was more disposed to reproach others with his failures than to censure himself.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • Enthusiasm for liberty is often infected with narrow-minded bigotry and distrust.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • To Yurii Andreievich this gloomy and unsociable giant, soulless and narrow-minded, seemed subnormal, almost a degenerate.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Not that Heath was hateful or anything like that, but he was a typical teenage Okie boy, which tended to mean narrow-minded homophobe.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Betrayed
  • In proportion as the principle of the division of labor is more extensively applied, the workman becomes more weak, more narrow-minded, and more dependent.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • He watched Chief Clumly (Clumly saw) with remote fascination partly because he was different from the others—a narrow-minded, stiff-hearted old man, a mystery.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • "Naturally, but of course, to be sure," he was always prompt to say, so that no one would think that, although he might be quite refined, he was rather narrow-minded.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Isabel’s chief dread in life at this period of her development was that she should appear narrow-minded; what she feared next afterwards was that she should really be so.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • Mom and Dad liked to make a big point about never surrendering to fear or to prejudice or to the narrow-minded conformist sticks-in-the-mud who tried to tell everyone else what was proper.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • ". said I gave her a raw deal, I was the villain because I overexpected, I was a narrow-minded, arrogant chauvinist—her exact words—Christ, I ask you, is it chauvinistic to expect six hours of work out of somebody, when you’re paying for eight—"
    Judith Guest  --  Ordinary People
  • Women are supposed to be very calm generally: but women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties and a field for their efforts as much as their brothers do; they suffer from too rigid a restraint, too absolute a stagnation, precisely as men would suffer; and it is narrow-minded in their more privileged fellow-creatures to say that they ought to confine themselves to making puddings and knitting stockings, to playing on the piano and embroidering bags.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • You don’t want to be narrow minded, do you?
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Why do you persist in thinking me so narrow minded?
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • That man is the most narrow minded, suspicious, distrustful person on the entire planet.
    Melody Carlson  --  Becoming Me
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