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civ·i·lized

 (sĭv′ə-līzd′)
adj.
1. Having a highly developed society and culture.
2. Showing evidence of moral and intellectual advancement; humane, ethical, and reasonable: terrorist acts that shocked the civilized world.
3. Marked by refinement in taste and manners; cultured.

civilized

(ˈsɪvɪˌlaɪzd) or

civilised

adj
1. having a high state of culture and social development
2. cultured; polite: a civilized discussion.

civ•i•lized

(ˈsɪv əˌlaɪzd)

adj.
1. having an advanced or humane culture, society, etc.
2. polite; well-bred; refined.
[1605–15]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.civilized - having a high state of culture and development both social and technological; "terrorist acts that shocked the civilized world"
educated - possessing an education (especially having more than average knowledge)
refined - (used of persons and their behavior) cultivated and genteel; "she was delicate and refined and unused to hardship"; "refined people with refined taste"
noncivilised, noncivilized - not having a high state of culture and social development
2.civilized - marked by refinement in taste and manners; "cultivated speech"; "cultured Bostonians"; "cultured tastes"; "a genteel old lady"; "polite society"
refined - (used of persons and their behavior) cultivated and genteel; "she was delicate and refined and unused to hardship"; "refined people with refined taste"

civilized

adjective
2. polite, mannerly, tolerant, gracious, courteous, affable, well-behaved, well-mannered Our divorce was conducted in a very civilized manner.

civilized

adjective
Characterized by discriminating taste and broad knowledge as a result of development or education:
Translations
kulturenomikan

civilized

[ˈsɪvɪlaɪzd] ADJ
1. (= socially advanced) [society, country, world, people] → civilizado
to become civilizedcivilizarse
2. (= refined, decent) [person, manner] → educado; [behaviour, conversation, company] → civilizado; [meal, place, tastes] → refinado; [time of day] → decente
he never phones at a civilized hournunca llama a una hora decente
how civilized! real champagne!¡qué refinado or cuánto refinamiento! ¡champán de verdad!
I know we disagree, but we could at least be civilized about itsé que no estamos de acuerdo, pero vamos a ser civilizados por lo menos

civilized

[ˈsɪvɪlaɪzd] civilised (British) adj
[country, society] → civilisé(e)
(= polite) [person] → courtois(e)
(= enlightened) → civilisé(e)
(= comfortable) → raffiné(e)
very civilized! → la classe!civil liberties npllibertés fpl civiques

civilized

adj
zivilisiert; all civilized nationsalle Kulturnationen
working hours, conditions, hourzivil; (= cultured) lifestyle, age etckultiviert; a more civilized place to live inein etwas zivilerer Ort zum Leben; brandy after dinner, very civilizedWeinbrand nach dem Essen, sehr gepflegt

civilized

[ˈsɪvɪˌlaɪzd] adj (country, society) → civilizzato/a, progredito/a; (behaviour, manner) → civile, cortese
References in classic literature ?
But the hired men--the superintendent and his workmen--were the only ones who ever got anything out of your last experience with Colonel Waters at La Grange, and--and we at least lived among civilized people there.
The House of the Seven Gables, antique as it now looks, was not the first habitation erected by civilized man on precisely the same spot of ground.
By the Indian's side, and evidently sustaining a companionship with him, stood a white man, clad in a strange disarray of civilized and savage costume.
Thinks I, Queequeg, under the circumstances, this is a very civilized overture; but, the truth is, these savages have an innate sense of delicacy, say what you will; it is marvellous how essentially polite they are.
Be it distinctly recorded here, that the Nantucketers were the first among mankind to harpoon with civilized steel the great Sperm Whale; and that for half a century they were the only people of the whole globe who so harpooned him.
It sent its products to every country in the civilized world, and it furnished the food for no less than thirty million people!
I didn't give it for one,--nay, I'll say, besides, that ours is the more bold and palpable infringement of human rights; actually buying a man up, like a horse,--looking at his teeth, cracking his joints, and trying his paces and then paying down for him,--having speculators, breeders, traders, and brokers in human bodies and souls,--sets the thing before the eyes of the civilized world in a more tangible form, though the thing done be, after all, in its nature, the same; that is, appropriating one set of human beings to the use and improvement of another without any regard to their own.
The civilized nations--Greece, Rome, England--have been sustained by the primitive forests which anciently rotted where they stand.
Earnshaw was not to be civilized with a wish, and my young lady was no philosopher, and no paragon of patience; but both their minds tending to the same point - one loving and desiring to esteem, and the other loving and desiring to be esteemed - they contrived in the end to reach it.
Noel Vanstone, after nervously following his host's example, composed himself to meet the coming ordeal, with reclining head and grasping hands, in the position familiarly associated to all civilized humanity with a seat in a dentist's chair.
Years have elapsed, since I had an opportunity of ocularly perusing the lineaments, now familiar to the imaginations of a considerable portion of the civilized world.
I entertain a conviction, based upon large experience, that if in the days of my prosperity I had gone to the North Pole, I should have met somebody there, wandering Esquimaux or civilized man, who would have told me that Pumblechook was my earliest patron and the founder of my fortunes.