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.
Recent Examples on the Web Alinsky's nasty tactics at dividing society have been formally taught for years by community organizers, providing a map for personal harm and uncivilized disruption by resorting to practically any means to gain power over others. Mike Masterson, Arkansas Online, 4 Oct. 2020 Some party leaders had bought into white Southerners' thesis that Black people were uncivilized. Ron Grossman, chicagotribune.com, 25 Sep. 2020 Gregor, who calls the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel in San Diego County home, said cultural burning was once seen by European settlers as wild and uncivilized. Debra Utacia Krol, The Arizona Republic, 28 Aug. 2020 Does America think that Black people or people of color are uncivilized savages or naturally unjust? Ben Morse And Jill Martin, CNN, 26 Aug. 2020 Bigots and eugenicists pushed junk science claiming genetic differences between ethnic groups, and arguing that whites were biologically superior, myths of the wild man—uncivilized and beast-like—found new purpose in racist pseudo-science. Colin Dickey, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 July 2020 In fictional imaginings of a lethal pandemic, a visceral panic often sweeps through frightened crowds and leads to decidedly uncivilized behavior. Marc Fisher, Washington Post, 13 Mar. 2020 The opposite of uncivilized isn’t being a different flavor of the same thing. Kyle Whitmire, al, 6 Feb. 2020 White artists typically characterized Native Americans as violent and uncivilized, but Lewis showed more respect for their civilization. Alice George, Smithsonian, 25 July 2018

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First Known Use of uncivilized

1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Uncivilized.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncivilized. Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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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


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

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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