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I'm looking for a word which is opposite or similar to Cosmopolitan and also ends in "an".

I'm trying to title something opposite or related to Cosmopolitan the magazine which sounds similar. So the goal is either an antonym or something that rhymes and is masculine.

I am specifically looking for an antonym for the word, but barring that such does not exist that ends in "an" at least in sound, I'll go with any word that rhymes that is in some way a masculine word.

From dictionary.com cos·mo·pol·i·tan/ˌkɒzməˈpɒlɪtn/ Show Spelled [koz-muh-pol-i-tn] Show IPA adjective 1. free from local, provincial, or national ideas, prejudices, or attachments; at home all over the world. 2. of or characteristic of a cosmopolite. 3. belonging to all the world; not limited to just one part of the world. 4. Botany, Zoology . widely distributed over the globe. noun 5. a person who is free from local, provincial, or national bias or attachment; citizen of the world; cosmopolite. 6. a cocktail made with vodka, cranberry juice, an orange-flavored liqueur, and lime juice.

Antonyms: narrow, narrow-minded, specific

So are there any words that mean "narrow minded person" that end in "an"?

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it doesn't end -an but Provincial is roughly an antonym. – user24964 Apr 5 '13 at 14:48
I downvoted this, because you're asking for an antonym, but it's not entirely clear if you're looking for the antonym of the word cosmopolitan (which means "someone who has learned a lot about other cultures") or the magazine (which would be much more akin to asking for an antonym of "women in their 20s learning about relationships, sex, health, celebrities, and fashion"). Either way, it's hard to pin down what an "opposite" would be. One other note: please don't answer me in a comment, answer for everyone by improving your question with additional clarifications. – J.R. Apr 5 '13 at 15:16
@J.R. Done as requested – FaultyJuggler Apr 5 '13 at 15:35
English words that end in -politan seem to be limited to the following: Constantinopolitan, cosmopolitan, extra-metropolitan, intrametropolitan, megalopolitan, metropolitan, microcosmopolitan, Neapolitan, necropolitan, non-metropolitan, pentapolitan, tetrapolitan, topopolitan, Tripolitan, tropicopolitan. – tchrist Apr 5 '13 at 15:52
If you are going for the opposite of "cosmopolitan and urbane" you can use "suburban" or "parochial" (from Google dictionary: Having a limited or narrow outlook or scope) - though parochial doesn't end with an "an" – Kristina Lopez Apr 5 '13 at 17:52
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I'm not sure if this is a real world or not, but I found this on one website:

paltripolitan n. - an insular city dweller

Insular seems reasonably contrarian to cosmopolitan, and it fits the word format you want.

The word is also listed in the Phrontistery (as a "term of scorn"), but I'm not so sure that adds much credibility to the validity of a word.

The OED lists it as a word, but defines it as "A metropolitan bishop" with this etymology:

Blend of PALTRY adj. + METROPOLITAN n.

The OED also lists it as derogatory, Obs. and rare.

I'm assuming you want this for some sort of parody; this word might work for that, although I don't expect anyone would know what it means without a little extra guidance provided.

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I'm liking altripolitan, good find, and though dictionaries don't seem to know it, I see it used in a few books pre 1900. – FaultyJuggler Apr 6 '13 at 6:27
Because you never said it had to be a word recognizable by the layman, this word meets all your stated requirements. ;^) (I do realize its rarity is a liability, though.) – J.R. Apr 6 '13 at 8:49
Um, you don't mean paltripolitan? It seems you forgot the p-. – Cerberus Apr 6 '13 at 22:37
@Cerberus: I'm surprised no one edited that yet; yes, thank you. – J.R. Apr 6 '13 at 23:52
@J.R.: Heh, it seemed so obvious that I thought there must be a good reason... – Cerberus Apr 7 '13 at 2:23

M-W states that cosmopolitan derives from the French cosmopolite + -ain, and lists these antonyms for cosmopolite:

bumpkin, hick, provincial, rustic, yokel

Of these, perhaps rustic would combine most mellifluously with -an; so call your faux magazine Rustican.

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I had thought of suggesting Local Yokel. – J.R. Apr 5 '13 at 17:37
@J.R. Yeah, I can imagine the possible cover designs for that... – Gnawme Apr 5 '13 at 17:41

I would just use not cosmopolitan.

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Or "uncosmopolitan" or "anti-cosmopolitan". :-) – Kristina Lopez Apr 5 '13 at 18:04

Something else to consider is Arcadian, which is a noun meaning one who leads or prefers a simple life. Also an adjective, with these synonyms: bucolic, countrified, country, idyllic, innocent, peaceful, provincial, rural, rustic, simple.

Also, solitudinarian, which ends with "an" (but is not especially harmonious juxtaposed with "cosmopolitan") means one leading a solitary or secluded life. This type of person would never be accused of being a worldly bon vivant or cosmopolitan.

Backwoodsman is US informal for an uncouth or rustic person. A bumpkin, hick, yokel.

And it ends with "an".

There is also "frontiersman" and "mountain man" (two words, though).


You might consider that a backwoodsman would have an insular lifestyle and have a provincial parochial point of view, unlike a cosmopolitan.

As an interesting aside, I found this. It seems to describe someone who is uncosmopolitan and narrow minded. From the article: "Backwoodsmen" is a pejorative description of backbench Tory peers dating from the time when their party had a majority in the Lords and they were so disengaged from the democratic process they would only attend parliament to defeat legislation opposed by their party.

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Jinx on "parochial", Jim! I didn't see your answer when I used that in a comment! :-) – Kristina Lopez Apr 5 '13 at 18:03
And I thought everyone not only carefully reads every word I write, but also the words that are between the lines. – Canis Lupus Apr 5 '13 at 18:07
Don't we all - ~alas!~ – Kristina Lopez Apr 5 '13 at 18:08

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