overcivilized

adjective
over·​civ·​i·​lized | \ ˌō-vər-ˈsi-və-ˌlīzd How to pronounce overcivilized (audio) \

Definition of overcivilized

: civilized to an excessive degree … the idea held in some of the upper classes that America was somehow soft—"overcivilized," as Theodore Roosevelt put it.— Evan Thomas … the social drapery commonly muffling, in an overcivilized age, the sharpness of human contacts.— Henry James

First Known Use of overcivilized

1822, in the meaning defined above

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“Overcivilized.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overcivilized. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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