un·​civ·​i·​lized | \ ˌən-ˈsi-və-ˌlīzd How to pronounce uncivilized (audio) \

Definition of uncivilized

1 : not civilized : barbarous
2 : remote from settled areas : wild

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Examples of uncivilized in a Sentence

He was awakened at an uncivilized hour. They believe that capital punishment is uncivilized.

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The prevalence of bloviating, uncivilized screamers makes Charles’s self-effacing reserve especially refreshing. Fay Vincent, WSJ, "Charles Krauthammer Goes Out Like Gehrig," 10 June 2018 At the time the rule was put into place, the NBA was viewed as an uncivilized place, with skirmishes detracting from what has since moved to a more free-flowing, aesthetically pleasing game. Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Has NBA common sense arrived too late for Heat?," 3 June 2018 These hunters see their sport not as an uncivilized pastime, but as an enlightened pursuit, embodying respect for the environment, sustainable wildlife management practices, and locally harvested food. Kevin Riordan, Philly.com, "Bear, boar, pickerel and politics on N.J. 'Wild Game Night' menu | Kevin Riordan," 10 Apr. 2018 In short, Congolese men and women are portrayed as uncivilized and barbaric. Nina Wilén, Washington Post, "War-torn Congo has been called the “rape capital of the world.” Here is how fighters think about sexual violence.," 31 Aug. 2017 And though its most populous resort town, South Padre Island, is known for its thumping spring break bacchanalia, the majority of this unattached spit of land remains uncivilized in the other sense of the word. Jordan Breal, New York Times, "On Padre in Texas, Soft Sand, Shells and Seclusion," 6 June 2017 EVERYTHING IS FLAMMABLE (Uncivilized, $25.95) extends that aesthetic to a book-length narrative, a memoir of Bell’s difficult relationship with her mother, Maggie. Douglas Wolk, New York Times, "New Graphic Novels Detail Personal Journeys and Twists of Fate," 31 May 2017 But there is a classic Freudian map to this anecdote: Cursing is the anarchic and uncivilized id, while the superego (associated with the father) is represented by the cops, and the ideal of an earlier, more orderly New York. Philip Kennicott, The Denver Post, "Why does the Trump “resistance” use such crude and profane language?," 24 May 2017 Combining thoughtful inquiry with firsthand experience, Mr. Vance has inadvertently provided a civilized reference guide for an uncivilized election, and he’s done so in a vocabulary intelligible to both Democrats and Republicans. Jennifer Senior, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Hillbilly Elegy,’ a Tough Love Analysis of the Poor Who Back Trump," 10 Aug. 2016

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First Known Use of uncivilized

1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of uncivilized was in 1607

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English Language Learners Definition of uncivilized

: not polite, reasonable, or respectful
: showing no concern for the well-being of people or for the proper way to behave toward people
old-fashioned : not having the kinds of social systems, technologies, etc., that are seen in most modern societies


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Kids Definition of uncivilized

1 : having, relating to, or being like a culture that is not advanced
2 : not having or showing good manners : rude

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