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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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The loss of the crown jewels or the Great Seal of England could have brought no greater consternation to a British king than did the pilfering of the sacred knife bring to La, the Oparian, Queen and High Priestess of the degraded remnants of the oldest civilization upon earth.
Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Aliyani has welcomed foreign youtubers and said, fortunately young generation have been fostering tourism through social media and use of technology, 'Balochistan province has most attractive sports for foreign tourists while natural beauty is palpable at 750kmg coastal strips of the province.' Jam Kamal said added the oldest civilization Mehar Garh also increase importance of this province.
Ghulam Hussain is a contemporary visual artist from the city of Hyderabad, Sindh, a home to the world's oldest civilization called Indus Valley Civilization, Pakistan.
"Sindh has rich culture and heritage and Indus civilization is reckoned as one of the oldest civilization of the world," he said and added that it is need of hour to acquaint world with the message of Sufis and Saints of Sindh that is based on principles of non-violence.
However he said Mehran Journalists Forum was doing its best to raising their voice and also was performing its responsibility to bring to world attention the oldest civilization of Sindh.
___________________________________ Peruvian territory was home to several ancient cultures, ranging from the Norte Chico civilisation in the 32nd century BC, the oldest civilization in the Americas, to the Inca Empire, the largest and most sophisticated state in pre-Columbian America.
www.preferredts.com/newc 0116 279 3929 code NEWC 8 days from PS929 Landscapes of the Ancient Isle of Crete Flying Direct from Newcastle Departs Sep 13 & Oct 4 2016 Crete has citrus groves, vines, sandy beaches, spectacular mountains and picturesque fishing harbours, all carrying tales of a fascinating history - the Minoans on Crete were Europe's oldest civilization. This two-centre holiday will show you a wide variety of scenery and visits while you enjoy the warm hospitality for which the island is famous.
Services of a tour representative 8 days from PS889 Landscapes of the Ancient Isle of Crete Flying Direct from Manchester Departs May 3, 17, Sep 13 & Oct 4 2016 Crete has citrus groves, vines, sandy beaches, spectacular mountains and picturesque fishing harbours, all carrying tales of a fascinating history - the Minoans on Crete were Europe's oldest civilization. This two-centre holiday will show you a wide variety of scenery and visits while you enjoy the warm hospitality for which the island is famous.
Given that this historiography begins in the 1940s, namely in the Soviet period, we can say that initiatives from both sides to strengthen their claim of being the oldest civilization in the region are more complicated.
A Pan African organization, Ausar Auset Society's core values are extracted from the world's oldest Civilization and Religious System, the great African Civilization of Ancient Kamit (Egypt).
I fully endorse his views since I have personally experienced the friendliness of the Egyptians during my visits to that great country, the oldest civilization on earth.
Considered the "mother culture" of Mesoamerica and recognized as the continent's oldest civilization, the people known today as the Olmec developed an iconic and sophisticated artistic style as early as the second millennium B.C.