Meaning of parochial in English:


Pronunciation /pəˈrəʊkɪəl/

See synonyms for parochial

Translate parochial into Spanish


  • 1Relating to a Church parish.

    ‘the parochial church council’
    • ‘The return of the chimes holds a special place in the heart of the parochial church council member, who has lived in the village for nearly 30 years.’
    • ‘She was a lively public speaker, a governor of two schools, and a member of Beverley Minster parochial church council.’
    • ‘The vast array of suggestions were also presented to the parochial church council, which will now consider all the options before coming up with a final plan.’
    • ‘A meeting of the parochial church council is to be held on September 17 and the legal move could be made then, or at a later meeting, said Mr Haskins.’
    • ‘David Vowles, a member of the parochial church council building sub committee said he hoped that once work began more interest would be generated.’
    • ‘The parochial church council met this week to discuss the damage and were told it would cost a minimum of £15,000 to repair the windows.’
    • ‘The move is being considered by some leading members of the parochial church council at trouble-torn St James's, Wetherby.’
    • ‘His application to the parochial church council led to an eight-month trial period and since then the clock has only struck on the hour during the night.’
    • ‘The abbey is expecting to run up a deficit of £10,000 this financial year, according to the parochial church council.’
    • ‘The priest-in-charge and parochial church council have made the call.’
    • ‘The cost of acquiring new land to expand had proved prohibitive and the parochial church council had no alternative but to close.’
    • ‘The parochial church council has unanimously rejected plans to move the 11 th Century church.’
    • ‘But to his disappointment, the offer was eventually refused by the parochial church council.’
    • ‘Councillors agreed to defer a decision on the flagpole to find out if the parochial church council was insured for the broken pole.’
    • ‘Each portion in the Plantation was designated a parish in the established church and provision for parochial land was incorporated into the scheme.’
    • ‘Workers are making steady progressing on the new parochial house beside the church in Enniscrone.’
    • ‘All proceeds raised will be divided between church and parochial funds.’
    • ‘Over the past few weeks clergymen and parochial staff have been terrorised by youngsters and church buildings plundered by thieves.’
    • ‘If anyone has a problem about transport they are advised to get in touch with any member of the parish pastoral council or phone the parochial house.’
    • ‘The book mentions many people and works to pray for, but its thrust is not parochial.’
  • 2Having a limited or narrow outlook or scope.

    ‘parochial attitudes’
    • ‘their interests are too parochial’
    • ‘Lawyers always have a narrow and parochial interest in expanding the domain of human activity subject to their cartel.’
    • ‘Five hundred years ago, the available tools for enquiry were distinctly limited by parochial geography and religious culture.’
    • ‘Our view of the blogosphere gradually narrows, becoming parochial and staid.’
    • ‘But time has marched on, and we are all that little bit more mature, less parochial in our outlook, than we were back then.’
    • ‘That we could rise above our narrow parochial shells to embrace the larger us?’
    • ‘Grigor believes commissioners, most of whom are based in London, can be parochial in their outlook.’
    • ‘Think of how grey, introverted, small-minded and parochial Scotland can sometimes be.’
    • ‘The real political driving force behind these changes is the widespread realisation that the problems we face are not narrow, parochial problems.’
    • ‘The candidates focused almost entirely on narrow, parochial issues.’
    • ‘These are some of the parochial attitudes that must change.’
    • ‘Americans who have long been criticized for parochial attitudes have grown more interested in the world beyond their borders.’
    • ‘They are parochial in their attitudes, limited in their views and legendary in their stubbornness and resistance to change.’
    • ‘We are sick of the parochial and patrician attitudes of those we elect.’
    • ‘They have to drop their parochial attitude, club together and shape their own futures.’
    • ‘This is not a time for provincial or parochial attitudes; this is a time for us to pull together.’
    • ‘But it sounded very parochial, very small-minded, very irrelevant.’
    • ‘Perhaps there are men or women of secret visionary ability in there, suffocating beneath the weight of mediocre debate and petty parochial feuding.’
    • ‘Western rationality and pride in democracy can seem an intolerable, parochial conceit to those whose lives have been so violently disturbed.’
    • ‘How long should he suffer these perennial indignities that seem part and parcel of involvement with petty politicians and a parochial press?’
    • ‘How can a reader possibly be engaged by such seemingly parochial considerations?’
    narrow-minded, small-minded, provincial, insular, narrow, small-town, inward-looking, limited, restricted, localist, conservative, conventional, short-sighted, petty, close-minded, blinkered, myopic, introverted, illiberal, hidebound, intolerant
    View synonyms


Late Middle English from Old French, from ecclesiastical Latin parochialis ‘relating to an ecclesiastical district’, from parochia (see parish).