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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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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]
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civilization

noun
1. The total product of human creativity and intellect:
2. Enlightenment and excellent taste resulting from intellectual development:
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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
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civilization

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

[ˌsɪvɪlaɪˈzeɪʃn] nciviltà f inv
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

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.
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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
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References in classic literature ?
Welland, who knew exactly why Archer had pressed her to announce her daughter's engagement at the Beaufort ball (and had indeed expected him to do no less), yet felt obliged to simulate reluctance, and the air of having had her hand forced, quite as, in the books on Primitive Man that people of advanced culture were beginning to read, the savage bride is dragged with shrieks from her parents' tent.
We cultivate cells in advanced culture systems called bioreactors, which are like petri dishes outfitted with electrodes and pumps, then expose them to a short burst of electricity between one and ten V/cm -- about three hertz for rat cells and one for human," she says.
A more advanced culture that flourished from 4,000 to 2,000 BCE was soon discovered after some excavations on the Balochistan plateau.
They become unruly over time (the Filipino as unruly, uneducated, and savage justifies their subjection to a more advanced culture) and in his frustration the first man begins to beat them (normalization of patriarchal violence) and they scatter in hiding.
Earlier this year, for example, archaeologists (http://www.ibtimes.com/bones-artifacts-ancient-americans-show-advanced-prehistoric-culture-2543324) reported artifacts collected from a settlement in Peru that were about 15,000 years&nbsp;old and showed signs of a fairly advanced culture. They found stone tools, handwoven baskets and the remains of food that had been cooked with fire.
Ali told SANA correspondent in Moscow that his visit to Russia comes in the framework of consolidating culture and scientific ties connecting Syria and Russia, adding Syria has an advanced culture program with Russia that dates back to a number of decades.
That's no loose metaphor, either, because scenic designer Stephen Brimson Lewis has set Beckett's barren wasteland amid the crumbling ruins of an advanced culture. The boulder that Estragon sits on to remove his boots is no ordinary rock, but the capital of a broken Corinthian column--which is a bit like coming across a half-buried Statue of Liberty in a sci-fi movie.
"Atlantis had been an advanced culture, most likely because the aliens had selected it for a space outpost and had trained its human inhabitants in the sophisticated sciences and arts," he said.
This is precisely what steers one towards an advanced culture of research; a nagging, persistent and inescapable curiosity.

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