civilization

Civilization is the opposite of barbarism and chaos. Civilization is an advanced stage of human society, where people live with a reasonable degree of organization and comfort and can think about things like art and education.

Civilization covers a wide range of human achievement — from the ancient Egyptians, to Mayan and Chinese civilizations, Western civilization, and everything in between. You can use the word more generally — when you're lost in the woods, you’ll be looking for signs of civilization — lights in the distance and smoke rising from chimneys. Civilization comes from Latin civis, "citizen." If you've got citizens, then you've got government and you're moving right along on the path of human advancement.

Primary Meanings of civilization

1.
n
a society in an advanced state of social development (e.g., with complex legal and political and religious organizations)
2.
n
the quality of excellence in thought and manners and taste
Full Definitions of civilization
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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
Synonyms:
civilisation
Types:
Islam, Muslimism
the civilization of Muslims collectively which is governed by the Muslim religion
Type of:
society
an extended social group having a distinctive cultural and economic organization

n the social process whereby societies achieve an advanced stage of development and organization

Synonyms:
civilisation
Type of:
social process
a process involved in the formation of groups of persons

n a particular society at a particular time and place

“early Mayan civilization
Synonyms:
civilisation, culture
Types:
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Aegean civilisation, Aegean civilization, Aegean culture
the prehistoric civilization on the islands in the Aegean sea and the surrounding countries
Helladic civilisation, Helladic civilization, Helladic culture
the bronze-age culture of mainland Greece that flourished 2500-1100 BC
Indus civilization
the bronze-age culture of the Indus valley that flourished from about 2600-1750 BC
Minoan civilisation, Minoan civilization, Minoan culture
the bronze-age culture of Crete that flourished 3000-1100 BC
Mycenaean civilisation, Mycenaean civilization, Mycenaean culture
the late bronze-age culture of Mycenae that flourished 1400-1100 BC
Paleo-American culture, Paleo-Amerind culture, Paleo-Indian culture
the prehistoric culture of the earliest human inhabitants of North America and South America
Western civilization, Western culture
the modern culture of western Europe and North America
Cyclades, Cycladic civilisation, Cycladic civilization, Cycladic culture
the Bronze Age civilization on the Cyclades islands in the southern Aegean Sea that flourished 3000-1100 BC
Clovis culture
the Paleo-American culture of Central America and North America; distinguished chiefly by sharp fluted projectile points made of obsidian or chalcedony
Folsom culture
the Paleo-American culture of Central America and North America; distinguished chiefly by a thin finely made flint projectile point having the shape of a leaf
Type of:
society
an extended social group having a distinctive cultural and economic organization
2

n the quality of excellence in thought and manners and taste

“he is remembered for his generosity and civilization
Synonyms:
civilisation, refinement
Type of:
excellence
the quality of excelling; possessing good qualities in high degree

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