(1) The quality of excellence in thought and manners and taste
"A man of intellectual refinement"
"He is remembered for his generosity and civilization"
(2) A society in an advanced state of social development (e.g., with complex legal and political and religious organizations)
"The people slowly progressed from barbarism to civilization"
(3) A particular society at a particular time and place
"Early Mayan civilization"
(4) The social process whereby societies achieve civilization
From Latin , verbal noun of action from the perfect passive participle + suffix , from verb , from adjective , in turn from
- An organized culture encompassing many communities, often on the scale of a nation or a people; a stage or system of social, political or technical development.
- the Aztec civilization
- Western civilization
- Modern civilization is a product of industrialization and globalization.
- Human society, particularly civil society.
- A hermit doesn't much care for civilization.
- I'm glad to be back in civilization after a day with that rowdy family.
- The act or process of civilizing or becoming civilized.
- The teacher's civilization of the child was no easy task.
- The state or quality of being civilized.
- He was a man of great civilization.
- The act of rendering a criminal process civil.
Synonymsculture, order sphere education, acculturation home, the land of the living
- Collectively, those people of the world considered to have a high standard of behavior and / or a high level of development. Commonly subjectively used by people of one society to exclusively refer to their society, or their elite sub-group, or a few associated societies, implying all others, in time or geography or status, as something less than civilised, as savages or barbarians. cf refinement, elitism, civilised society, the Civilised World