civilization[siv′ə lə zā′s̸hən]
- The definition of civilization refers to a society or group of people or the process of achieving a higher state of social development.
- An example of civilization is the Mesopotamian civilization.
- An example of civilization is an industrial society that has arts, sciences, and machines such as cars.
Ruins from an ancient civilization.
- the process of civilizing or becoming civilized
- the condition of being civilized; social organization of a high order, marked by the development and use of a written language and by advances in the arts and sciences, government, etc.
- the total culture of a particular people, nation, period, etc.
- the countries and peoples considered to have reached a high stage of social and cultural development
- intellectual and cultural refinement
- the amenities, esp. creature comforts of civilized life
Origin of civilizationMedieval Latin civilizatio
- 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.
- 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.
- The act or process of civilizing or reaching a civilized state.
- Cultural or intellectual refinement; good taste.
- Modern society with its conveniences: returned to civilization after camping in the mountains.
- 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.
- the Aztec civilization
- Western civilization
- Modern civilization is a product of industrialization and globalization.
- (uncountable) Human society, particularly civil society.
- A hermit doesn't much care for civilization.
- I'm glad to be back in civilization after a day with that rowdy family.
- The act or process of civilizing or becoming civilized.
- The teacher's civilization of the child was no easy task.
- The state or quality of being civilized.
- He was a man of great civilization.
- 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
From French civilisation.