Civilization - definition, pronunciation, transcription

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


- 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
- the social process whereby societies achieve an advanced stage of development and organization
- a particular society at a particular time and place (syn: culture)
early Mayan civilization
- the quality of excellence in thought and manners and taste (syn: refinement)
he is remembered for his generosity and civilization

Extra examples

We are studying ancient Greek 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 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...

...we can scarcely imagine what observers in some remote futurity will think of civilization as it existed at the dawn of the 21st century...

The civilization perished after 500 years. advanced Mesoamerican civilization whose apex and collapse preexisted the arrival of Europeans by hundreds of years...

...the Dark Ages, the period following the fall of the Roman Empire when Western civilization seriously retrograded...

Word forms

singular: civilization
plural: civilizations
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