What does civilization mean?

Definitions for civilization
ˌsɪv ə ləˈzeɪ ʃənciv·i·liza·tion

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word civilization.

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"

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.

    Etymology: Confer French .

  2. civilization(Noun)

    Human society, particularly civil society.

    Etymology: Confer French .

  3. civilization(Noun)

    The act or process of civilizing or becoming civilized.

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

    Etymology: Confer French .

  4. civilization(Noun)

    The state or quality of being civilized.

    He was a man of great civilization.

    Etymology: Confer French .

  5. civilization(Noun)

    The act of rendering a criminal process civil.

    Etymology: Confer French .

  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

    Etymology: Confer French .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Civilization(noun)

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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. civilisation.]

  2. Civilization(noun)

    rendering a criminal process civil

    Etymology: [Cf. F. civilisation.]

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.

Editors Contribution

  1. Civilization

    " It's an amazing form of social, cultural and behavioral discipline which binds intercontinental societies on a single page irrespective of breed, race or religion well above the board."

    Submitted by Baloch on April 4, 2015  

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of civilization in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of civilization in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of civilization in a Sentence

  1. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    1. Cupid is a squint sniper 2. Imagination is diving into the bottomless depths of madness. 3. A person is not a person, but only another figure. Look at your prison number. These are not numbers on the shirt, but your name. 4. Sleep is a unique museum of our past, present, and future. In which there is a library that stores unique knowledge. 5. Civilization is when a wild wolf becomes an obedient dog of the system. 6. A person does not want to please people, he wants to tease them. 7. Laziness is an adverse reaction to the artificial system of society. 8. Many people have a love with late ignition. 9. Conclusions - these are human tests, that is, blood, urine and feces. They give out a piece of paper that shows which psychological diseases you are sick with. 10. The corpse of truth, is located somewhere at the bottom of the ocean. 11. Because of slang, jargon and swear words. Words will turn into sounds and letters. 12. No matter how much you read, it is important how much you understand. 13. The enemy rules you with your anger. 14. The gloom of loneliness will give either holiness or madness. 15. Love is the blues of sincere feelings. Awakening in reality something paranormal, something supernatural. 16. Madness is when garbage recycling in the head breaks down. 17. Never confuse truth with opinion. 18. Everyone is drunk by his own madness. 19. If people are directed at you: resentment, envy, causticity, sarcasm, anger, aggression, hatred, revenge, rage - know that all this is people's sympathy, this does not mean that you are a bad person, just very attractive personality. 20. A love couple who is able to constantly forgive each other is doomed to become the happiest couple in the world. 21. Never listen, and never react to someone who does not know and does not understand you. Author: Musin Almat Zhumabekovich

  2. Walter Lippmann:

    Culture is the name for what people are interested in, their thoughts, their models, the books they read and the speeches they hear, their table-talk, gossip, controversies, historical sense and scientific training, the values they appreciate, the quality of life they admire. All communities have a culture. It is the climate of their civilization.

  3. Eugene V. Debs:

    If it had not been for the discontent of a few fellows who had not been satisfied with their conditions, you would still be living in caves. Intelligent discontent is the mainspring of civilization. Progress is born of agitation. It is agitation or stagnation.

  4. Timothy Leary:

    Civilization is unbearable, but it is less unbearable at the top.

  5. Henry Miller:

    Civilization is drugs, alcohol, engines of war, prostitution, machines and machine slaves, low wages, bad food, bad taste, prisons, reformatories, lunatic asylums, divorce, perversion, brutal sports, suicides, infanticide, cinema, quackery, demagogy, strikes, lockouts, revolutions, putsches, colonization, electric chairs, guillotines, sabotage, floods, famine, disease, gangsters, money barons, horse racing, fashion shows, poodle dogs, chow dogs, Siamese cats, condoms, peccaries, syphilis, gonorrhea, insanity, neuroses, etc., etc.

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