Definition of civilization in English:

civilization

Syllabification: civ·i·li·za·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌsivələˈzāSHən
 
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noun

  • 1The stage of human social development and organization that is considered most advanced: they equated the railroad with progress and civilization
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    • The development of human civilisation is intimately bound up with the domestication of cereals.
    • These factors, far from being narrow technical issues, capture the essence of social evolution and advanced civilization.
    • The evolution of civilisation and social organisation that checks and regulates the lust for revenge and other such instincts compel one to answer in the affirmative.
    Synonyms
    human development, advancement, progress, enlightenment, culture, refinement, sophistication
  • 1.1The process by which a society or place reaches an advanced stage of social development and organization.
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    • The process of civilization not only brought improved individual self-control but also a change of attitudes and values.
    • Scholars began to discuss civilization as a unilinear process with races able to ascend or descend a graduated scale.
    • On the contrary, in every organic process, the antitheses always reflect a unified totality, and civilization is an organic process.
  • 1.2The society, culture, and way of life of a particular area: the great books of Western civilization the early civilizations of Mesopotamia and Egypt
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    • Mazes and a range of labyrinth designs are found all around the world in many cultures and civilizations.
    • The ancient Mayan civilization was very advanced and had a sophisticated knowledge of science, art, and astronomy.
    • I think western civilization is built on three fundamental and interlocking principles that form the Western world view.
    Synonyms
    culture, society, nation, people
  • 1.3The comfort and convenience of modern life, regarded as available only in towns and cities: the fur traders moved further and further from civilization
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    • Yet as we rejoin modern civilisation in the city of Newcastle, this is not the final impression we are left with of our trip.
    • Some are remote from modern civilisation, others survive cheek by jowl with spreading towns and motorways.
    • Most come from rural backgrounds and are poorly educated, handicaps for anyone who wants to get ahead in the modern urban-commercial civilisation.

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