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