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civ·i·li·za·tion

 (sĭv′ə-lĭ-zā′shən)
n.
1. An advanced state of intellectual, cultural, and material development in human society, marked by progress in the arts and sciences, the extensive use of record-keeping, including writing, and the appearance of complex political and social institutions.
2. The type of culture and society developed by a particular nation or region or in a particular epoch: Mayan civilization; the civilization of ancient Rome.
3. The act or process of civilizing or reaching a civilized state.
4. Cultural or intellectual refinement; good taste.
5. Modern society with its conveniences: returned to civilization after camping in the mountains.

civilization

(ˌsɪvɪlaɪˈzeɪʃən) or

civilisation

n
1. (Sociology) a human society that has highly developed material and spiritual resources and a complex cultural, political, and legal organization; an advanced state in social development
2. the peoples or nations collectively who have achieved such a state
3. the total culture and way of life of a particular people, nation, region, or period: classical civilization.
4. the process of bringing or achieving civilization
5. intellectual, cultural, and moral refinement
6. cities or populated areas, as contrasted with sparsely inhabited areas, deserts, etc

civ•i•li•za•tion

(ˌsɪv ə ləˈzeɪ ʃən)

n.
1. an advanced state of human society, in which a high level of culture, science, and government has been reached.
2. those people or nations that have reached such a state.
3. any type of culture, society, etc., of a specific place, time, or group: Greek civilization.
4. the act or process of civilizing or being civilized.
5. cultural and intellectual refinement.
6. cities or populated areas in general, as opposed to unpopulated or wilderness areas.
7. modern comforts and conveniences, as made possible by science and technology.
[1765–75; < French civilisation]
civ`i•li•za′tion•al, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.civilization - a society in an advanced state of social development (e.g., with complex legal and political and religious organizations)civilization - a society in an advanced state of social development (e.g., with complex legal and political and religious organizations); "the people slowly progressed from barbarism to civilization"
political science, politics, government - the study of government of states and other political units
society - an extended social group having a distinctive cultural and economic organization
Islam, Muslimism - the civilization of Muslims collectively which is governed by the Muslim religion; "Islam is predominant in northern Africa, the Middle East, Pakistan, and Indonesia"
2.civilization - the social process whereby societies achieve an advanced stage of development and organizationcivilization - the social process whereby societies achieve an advanced stage of development and organization
social process - a process involved in the formation of groups of persons
3.civilization - a particular society at a particular time and placecivilization - a particular society at a particular time and place; "early Mayan civilization"
archaeology, archeology - the branch of anthropology that studies prehistoric people and their cultures
society - an extended social group having a distinctive cultural and economic organization
subculture - a social group within a national culture that has distinctive patterns of behavior and beliefs
Aegean civilisation, Aegean civilization, Aegean culture - the prehistoric civilization on the islands in the Aegean sea and the surrounding countries; "by 800 BC the entire Aegean had adopted this style of pottery"
Helladic civilisation, Helladic civilization, Helladic culture - the bronze-age culture of mainland Greece that flourished 2500-1100 BC
Indus civilization - the bronze-age culture of the Indus valley that flourished from about 2600-1750 BC
Minoan civilisation, Minoan civilization, Minoan culture - the bronze-age culture of Crete that flourished 3000-1100 BC
Mycenaean civilisation, Mycenaean civilization, Mycenaean culture - the late bronze-age culture of Mycenae that flourished 1400-1100 BC
Paleo-American culture, Paleo-Amerind culture, Paleo-Indian culture - the prehistoric culture of the earliest human inhabitants of North America and South America
Western civilization, Western culture - the modern culture of western Europe and North America; "when Ghandi was asked what he thought of Western civilization he said he thought it would be a good idea"
4.civilization - the quality of excellence in thought and manners and taste; "a man of intellectual refinement"; "he is remembered for his generosity and civilization"
excellence - the quality of excelling; possessing good qualities in high degree

civilization

noun
1. society, people, community, nation, polity He believed Western civilization was in grave economic and cultural danger.
2. culture, development, education, progress, enlightenment, sophistication, advancement, cultivation, refinement a race with an advanced state of civilization
Quotations
"Civilization is a limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities" [Mark Twain]

civilization

noun
1. The total product of human creativity and intellect:
2. Enlightenment and excellent taste resulting from intellectual development:
Translations
civilizacecivilizování
civilisationciviliseringkultur
sivilisaatiosivistyneiyyssivistynytsivistysyhteiskunta
civilizacijaciviliziranost
civilizáció
siîmenningsiîmenntuî òjóî
文明
문명
beschavingbewoonde wereldcivilisatie
civilizácia
civilizacija
civilizacija
civilisationciviliseringkultur
อารยธรรม
uygarlıkmedenîleşmemedeniyetuygarlaşma
nền văn minh

civilization

[ˌsɪvɪlaɪˈzeɪʃən] Ncivilización f

civilization

[ˌsɪvɪlaɪˈzeɪʃən] civilisation (British) n
(= society) → civilisation f
(= way of life) → civilisation f

civilization

n
(= civilized world)Zivilisation f; all civilizationdie ganze zivilisierte Welt; civilization!, the explorer exclaimedMenschen!, rief der Forscher aus
(= state: of Greeks etc) → Kultur f
(= act)Zivilisierung f

civilization

[ˌsɪvɪlaɪˈzeɪʃn] nciviltà f inv

civilize,

civilise

(ˈsivilaiz) verb
to change the ways of (a primitive people) to those found in a more advanced type of society. The Romans tried to civilize the ancient Britons.
ˌciviliˈzation, ˌciviliˈsation noun
1. the act of civilizing, or process or state of being civilized.
2. a civilized people and their way of life. the ancient civilizations of Egypt and Greece.

civilization

حَضَارَة civilizace civilisation Zivilisation πολιτισμός civilización sivilisaatio civilisation civilizacija civilizzazione 文明 문명 beschaving sivilisasjon cywilizacja civilização цивилизация civilisation อารยธรรม uygarlık nền văn minh 文明
References in classic literature ?
as to affirm, for instance, following Buckle, that through civilisation mankind becomes softer, and consequently less bloodthirsty and less fitted for warfare.
He's a bit too near the borders of civilisation to be a decent savage.
In the interests of civilisation," Captain Francis answered, with a smile, "I think not.
You soldiers all prate of the interests of civilisation.
The poetry of the Anglo-Saxons, after their civilisation and conversion, was of a different and softer character; but in the circumstances of Ulrica, she may be not unnaturally supposed to return to the wild strains which animated her forefathers during the time of Paganism and untamed ferocity.
If people cannot be assured of graves, I fear they will no longer die, and the best interests of civilisation will wither like a frosted leaf.
The Communists turn their attention chiefly to Germany, because that country is on the eve of a bourgeois revolution that is bound to be carried out under more advanced conditions of European civilisation, and with a much more developed proletariat, than that of England was in the seventeenth, and of France in the eighteenth century, and because the bourgeois revolution in Germany will be but the prelude to an immediately following proletarian revolution.
The Qatar Committee for the Alliance of Civilisations, in co-operation with Qatar National Commission for Education, Culture and Science, launched the Alliance of Civilisations Award during an event at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday in Doha.
The first lecture, presented by Nozad Abdulrahman al Hiti, an expert at the Qatari Committee for the Alliance of Civilization, discussed the emergence of the alliance of civilisations and the most important areas and applications that are being implemented in the international committees of the alliance of civilisations.
Summary: It helps understand how other people think and binds successive civilisations, says expert at Arab Media Forum
Bahrain was once regarded as the holiest place on earth by one of the earliest urban civilisations, according to an Iraqi researcher.
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs H E Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid Al Mahmoud recently declared that, Qatar has bestowed $1m to the trust fund of the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations (UNAOC).