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ˈsɪv əˌlaɪzdciv·i·lized

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. civilized, civilisedadjective

    having a high state of culture and development both social and technological

    "terrorist acts that shocked the civilized world"

  2. civilized, civilised, cultivated, cultured, genteel, politeadjective

    marked by refinement in taste and manners

    "cultivated speech"; "cultured Bostonians"; "cultured tastes"; "a genteel old lady"; "polite society"


  1. civilizedadjective

    Having a highly developed society or culture.

  2. civilizedadjective

    Showing evidence of moral and intellectual advancement; humane, reasonable, ethical.

  3. civilizedadjective

    Marked by refinement in taste and manners.


  1. civilized

    A civilization (or civilisation) is any complex society characterized by the development of the state, social stratification, urbanization, and symbolic systems of communication beyond natural spoken language (namely, a writing system).Civilizations are additionally characterized by specialization of labour, agriculture, architecture, infrastructure, technological advancement, taxation, and regulation.Historically, a civilization has often been understood as a larger and "more advanced" culture, in implied contrast to smaller, supposedly less advanced cultures. In this broad sense, a civilization contrasts with non-centralized tribal societies, including the cultures of nomadic pastoralists, Neolithic societies or hunter-gatherers; however, sometimes it also contrasts with the cultures found within civilizations themselves. Civilizations are organized densely-populated settlements divided into hierarchical social classes with a ruling elite and subordinate urban and rural populations, which engage in intensive agriculture, mining, small-scale manufacture and trade. Civilization concentrates power, extending human control over the rest of nature, including over other human beings.Civilization, as its etymology suggests, is a concept originally associated with towns and cities. The earliest emergence of civilizations is generally connected with the final stages of the Neolithic Revolution in West Asia, culminating in the relatively rapid process of urban revolution and state formation, a political development associated with the appearance of a governing elite.


  1. civilized

    Civilized generally refers to a society or individual exhibiting a high level of cultural, technological, social or moral development, often characterized by respect for law, ability to think rationally, having a functional political state, utilization advanced technology, sophisticated art, architecture, literature, and having complex social institutions. It is indicative of behavior that is polished, courteous, and respectful. The term also often implies adherence to societal standards of courtesy and propriety.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Civilized

    of Civilize

  2. Civilizedadjective

    reclaimed from savage life and manners; instructed in arts, learning, and civil manners; refined; cultivated

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of civilized in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of civilized in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of civilized in a Sentence

  1. Louis D. Brandeis:

    The makers of our constitution undertook to secure conditions favorable to the pursuit of happiness... They sought to protect Americans in their beliefs, their thoughts, their emotions and their sensations. They conferred, as against the government, the right to be let alone -- the most comprehensive of the rights and the right most valued by civilized men.

  2. Lassina Zerbo:

    One would not anticipate that North Korea would go for new testing at a time when they are engaged in discussions with their brothers from the South, in the 21st century, they are the only country to have conducted a nuclear test explosion. In the 21st century, the world is too civilized for anyone to resume testing.

  3. Roscoe Pound:

    I think we should agree, that in civilized society, men must be able to assume that others will do them no intended injury - that others will commit no intentional aggressions upon them.

  4. Cuban President Raul Castro:

    The revolutionary government is willing to advance toward the normalization of relations, convinced that both countries can cooperate and coexist in a civilized, mutually beneficial way, while contributing to peace, security, stability and development.

  5. William Safire:

    What we don't need to know for achievement, we need to know for our pleasure. Knowing how things work is the basis for appreciation, and is thus a source of civilized delight.

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  • възпитан, цивилизован, изтънчен, културенBulgarian
  • civilizovanýCzech
  • zivilisiertGerman
  • πολιτισμένοςGreek
  • civilizadoSpanish
  • civiliséFrench
  • beasagh, ardveenitManx
  • מתורבתתHebrew
  • civilizată, civilizatRomanian
  • воспитанный, культурный, цивилизованныйRussian

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