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Noun: civilisation  ,si-vu-lI'zey-shun
Usage: Brit (N. Amer: civilization)
  1. The social process whereby societies achieve an advanced stage of development and organization
    - civilization
  2. (archeology) a particular society at a particular time and place
    "early Mayan civilisation";
    - culture, civilization
  3. 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 civilisation";
    - civilization
  4. The quality of excellence in thought and manners and taste
    "a man of intellectual civilisation";
    - refinement, civilization

Derived forms: civilisations

Type of: excellence, social process, society

Encyclopedia: Civilisation