Definitions for civilizationˌsɪv ə ləˈzeɪ ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

civ•i•li•za•tionˌsɪv 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.

Origin of civilization:

1765–75; < F civilisation

civ`i•li•za′tion•al(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. civilization, civilisation(noun)

    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"

  2. civilization, civilisation(noun)

    the social process whereby societies achieve an advanced stage of development and organization

  3. culture, civilization, civilisation(noun)

    a particular society at a particular time and place

    "early Mayan civilization"

  4. refinement, civilization, civilisation(noun)

    the quality of excellence in thought and manners and taste

    "a man of intellectual refinement"; "he is remembered for his generosity and civilization"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. civilization(noun)ˌsɪv ə ləˈzeɪ ʃən

    society

    an ancient civilization; the end of civilization

  2. civilizationˌsɪv ə ləˈzeɪ ʃən

    the developed, modern way of life

    in the mountains, away from civilization

Wiktionary

  1. civilization(Noun)

    An organized culture encompassing many communities, often on the scale of a nation or a people; a stage or system of social, political or technical development.

  2. civilization(Noun)

    Human society, particularly civil society.

  3. civilization(Noun)

    The act or process of civilizing or becoming civilized.

    The teacher's civilization of the child was no easy task.

  4. civilization(Noun)

    The state or quality of being civilized.

    He was a man of great civilization.

  5. civilization(Noun)

    The act of rendering a criminal process civil.

  6. civilization(ProperNoun)

    Collectively, those people of the world considered to have a high standard of behavior and / or a high level of development. Commonly subjectively used by people of one society to exclusively refer to their society, or their elite sub-group, or a few associated societies, implying all others, in time or geography or status, as something less than civilised, as savages or barbarians. cf refinement, elitism, civilised society, the Civilised World

  7. Origin: Confer French .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Civilization(noun)

    the act of civilizing, or the state of being civilized; national culture; refinement

  2. Civilization(noun)

    rendering a criminal process civil

Freebase

  1. Civilization

    Civilisation is a sometimes controversial term that has been used in several related ways. Primarily, the term has been used to refer to the material and instrumental side of human cultures that are complex in terms of technology, science, and division of labor. Such civilizations are generally hierarchical and urbanized. In a classical context, people were called "civilized" to set them apart from barbarians, savages, and primitive peoples while in a modern-day context, "civilized peoples" have been contrasted with indigenous peoples or tribal societies. Use of "civilization" and related concepts are controversial because they may imply superiority and inferiority, and may imply a directionality to social changes that may or may not be realistic or desirable. There is a tendency to use the term in a less strict way, to mean approximately the same thing as "culture" and therefore, the term can more broadly refer to any important and clearly defined human society. Still, even when used in this second sense, the word is often restricted to apply only to societies that have a certain set of characteristics, especially the founding of cities. Formal and informal judgements of how civilized a society is, are generally based on methods and extent of agriculture, trade routes, occupational specialization, a special governing class, and urbanism. Aside from these core elements, a civilization is often marked by any combination of a number of secondary elements, including a developed transportation system, writing, standardized measurement, currency, contractual and tort-based legal systems, characteristic art and architecture, mathematics, enhanced scientific understanding, metallurgy, political structures, and organized religion.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. civilization

    A device for increasing human ills; a machine for the perpetuation of the weak; an ingenious contraption for spreading disease and hunger. (See war, harlot, politician, liar, Teddy, Sulzer, Murphy, hypocrisy, newspaper, forger, jail, policemen, lawyer, walking delegate, capitalist, poverty, clergyman.) _E. g._, "Do you believe in civilization?" "Yep." From _The Confessions of Herr Krupp_.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Civilization

    The distinctly human attributes and attainments of a particular society.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. CIVILIZATION

    An upward growth or tendency that has enabled mankind to develop the college yell from what was once only a feeble war-whoop.

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