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Pronunciation:  `sivuli'zeyshun

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  1. [n]  the quality of excellence in thought and manners and taste; "a man of intellectual refinement"; "he is remembered for his generosity and civilization"
  2. [n]  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. [n]  a particular society at a particular time and place; "early Mayan civilization"
  4. [n]  the social process whereby societies achieve civilization

CIVILIZATION is a 12 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: civilisation, civilisation, civilisation, culture, refinement
 See Also: Aegean civilisation, Aegean civilization, Aegean culture, excellence, Helladic civilisation, Helladic civilization, Helladic culture, Minoan civilisation, Minoan civilization, Minoan culture, Mycenaean civilisation, Mycenaean civilization, Mycenaean culture, social process, society, subculture



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Civ`i*li*za"tion\, n. [Cf. F. civilisation.]
1. The act of civilizing, or the state of being civilized;
   national culture; refinement.

         Our manners, our civilization, and all the good
         things connected with manners, and with
         civilization, have, in this European world of ours,
         depended for ages upon two principles -- . . . the
         spirit of a gentleman, and spirit of religion.

2. (Law) Rendering a criminal process civil. [Obs.]

 Definition: a term used by anthropologists to describe any society that has cities.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: acculturation, civility, complex, cultivation, cultural drift, culture, culture area, culture center, culture complex, culture conflict, culture contact, culture pattern, culture trait, customs, edification, education, enculturation, enlightenment, ethos, folkways, key trait, mores, polish, refinement, socialization, society, sophistication, trait, trait-complex