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civil

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of civil

  1. 1 of or relating to a nation <the country was not destroyed by outside enemies but by a series of civil wars> Synonyms national, publicRelated Words civic, federal, municipal; government, governmental; domestic, internal, intestine; democratic, republican; nationwideNear Antonyms global, international; alien, external, foreignAntonyms nonnational

  2. 2 showing consideration, courtesy, and good manners <please try to be civil to your ex-husband at the upcoming family wedding> Synonyms polite, courteous, genteel, gracious, mannerly, well-bredRelated Words attentive, careful, considerate, nice, solicitous, thoughtful; chivalrous, civilized, courtly, gallant, gentlemanlike, gentlemanly, ladylike; ceremonial, ceremonious, red-carpet; couth, formal, smooth, suave, unctuous, urbane; elegant, refined; deferential, dutiful, respectful, submissive, yielding; acceptable, appropriate, becoming, befitting, comme il faut, correct, decent, decorous, fit, fitting, good, meet, proper, respectable, right, seemly, suitable; affable, cordial, friendly, genial, hospitable, pleasant, sociable; felicitous, graceful; demure, humble, meek, modest, unassertiveNear Antonyms heedless, inconsiderate, thoughtless; audacious, bold, bold-faced, brash, brassy, disrespectful, impertinent, impudent, insolent, lippy, saucy, shameless; boorish, churlish, clodhopping, clownish, loutish, uncouth, vulgar; casual, informal, unceremonious; improper, inappropriate, incorrect, indecent, indecorous, uncalled-for, unrespectable, unseemly; arrogant, conceited, presuming, presumptuous, pretentiousAntonyms discourteous, ill-bred, ill-mannered, impolite, inconsiderate, mannerless, rude, thoughtless, uncivil, ungenteel, ungracious, unmannered, unmannerly





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