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

Derived forms: civilizations

Type of: excellence, social process, society

Encyclopedia: Civilization, Phaze III