Civilization - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˌsɪvələˈzeɪʃn|  American pronunciation of the word civilization
Brit.  |ˌsɪvɪlʌɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n|  British pronunciation of the word civilization

noun

- a society in an advanced state of social development (e.g., with complex legal and political and religious organizations)(syn: civilisation)

the people slowly progressed from barbarism to civilization

- the social process whereby societies achieve an advanced stage of development and organization (syn: civilisation)
- a particular society at a particular time and place(syn: civilisation, culture)

early Mayan civilization

- the quality of excellence in thought and manners and taste(syn: civilisation, refinement)

he is remembered for his generosity and civilization

Examples

the impact of technical advancements on civilization

We are studying ancient Greek civilization.

a book about life on the planet after wars have destroyed civilization

When I returned to civilization...

The book explores the relationship between religion and civilization.

After a week in the mountains all I wanted to do was get back to civilization.

When I returned to civilization

the people slowly progressed from barbarism to civilization

he is remembered for his generosity and civilization

The oldest known civilization in the region

The civilization began to decline around 1000 B.C.

The civilization collapsed for reasons that are still unknown.

...a symbol of the decadence of their once-mighty civilization...

...a few crumbling ruins are all that remain of that departed civilization...

...a few overgrown ruins are all that remain of that once mighty but now extinct civilization...

Word forms

noun
singular: civilization
plural: civilizations
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