civilization

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noun civ·i·li·za·tion \ˌsi-və-lə-ˈzā-shən\

Definition of civilization

  1. 1a :  a relatively high level of cultural and technological development; specifically :  the stage of cultural development at which writing and the keeping of written records is attainedb :  the culture characteristic of a particular time or place <the impact of European civilization on the lands they colonized>

  2. 2 :  the process of becoming civilized <civilization is a slow process with many failures and setbacks>

  3. 3a :  refinement of thought, manners, or taste <exhibiting a high level of civilization>b :  a situation of urban comfort <Our African safari was quite interesting, but it was great to get back to civilization.>

civilizational

play \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective

Examples of civilization in a sentence

  1. the impact of technical advancements on civilization

  2. We are studying ancient Greek civilization.

  3. a book about life on the planet after wars have destroyed civilization

Origin and Etymology of civilization

see civil


First Known Use: 1760


CIVILIZATION Defined for English Language Learners

civilization

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noun civ·i·li·za·tion \ˌsi-və-lə-ˈzā-shən\

Definition of civilization for English Language Learners

  • : the condition that exists when people have developed effective ways of organizing a society and care about art, science, etc.

  • : a particular well-organized and developed society

  • : all the societies of the world


CIVILIZATION Defined for Kids

civilization

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noun civ·i·li·za·tion \ˌsi-və-lə-ˈzā-shən\

Definition of civilization for Students

  1. 1 :  an advanced stage (as in art, science, and government) in the development of society

  2. 2 :  the way of life of a people <Greek civilization>

  3. 3 :  all the societies of the world <the end of civilization>



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