Share this entry

semicivilized Syllabification: sem·i·civ·i·lized
Pronunciation: /ˌsemēˈsivəˌlīzd/ /ˌsemˌī-/

Definition of semicivilized in English:


Partially civilized.
Example sentences
  • ‘The chief, at least, seems semi-civilized,’ Adriana said.
  • Great premise, especially when we take a gander at how the semi-civilized deep South might react to this sort of ‘modernizing’ of their untainted landscape.
  • Feeling, however, that he should try to make some use of the current situation - at least he was around semi-civilized people for the time being - he stood up and rapped upon the table.

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day fortissimo
Pronunciation: fôrˈtisəˌmō
(especially as a direction) very loud or loudly