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Noun1.civilisation - the social process whereby societies achieve an advanced stage of development and organizationcivilisation - 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
2.civilisation - a particular society at a particular time and placecivilisation - 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"
3.civilisation - a society in an advanced state of social development (e.g., with complex legal and political and religious organizations)civilisation - 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"
4.civilisation - 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
تَمْدين، تَحَضُّر، تمدُّنمَدَنِيَّه، حَضارَه
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(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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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.
He said the Qatar Committee for the Alliance of Civilisations aims to promote the role of Qatar in highlighting the contribution of the Islamic civilisation and other civilisations, in addition to promoting dialogue, resolving disputes, confirming the values of forgiveness, peace, exchanging expertise between peoples on bases righteousness, justice and equality in order to achieve noble goals for humanity.
The museum with the collection of artefacts from various traditions of the world, is an offering from Anand Krishna, founder of Anand Ashram Foundation, with a purpose to show the similarity of all traditions that are related with the only ancient civilisation that is not only surviving but thriving to this day: Sindhu-Saraswati Civilisation.
KARACHI -- Nations always feel proud upon their glorious history, therefore, we should also feel proud on our one of the most ancient civilisation of the world, Indus valley civilisation .
Al Shareef went through the various civilisations that settled in the Arabian Peninsula, and tracked the footprint of each civilisation's language on the language of the civilisation that followed.
Dr Qusay Al Turky, who is an expert in ancient Eastern civilisation and Iraq's languages, said Sumerians considered Bahrain the land of immortality.