overcivilized

adjective over·civ·i·lized \ ˌō-vər-ˈsi-və-ˌlīzd \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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


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