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civilization

/ˌsɪvɪlaɪˈzeɪʃən/
noun
1.
a human society that has highly developed material and spiritual resources and a complex cultural, political, and legal organization; an advanced state in social development
2.
the peoples or nations collectively who have achieved such a state
3.
the total culture and way of life of a particular people, nation, region, or period classical civilization
4.
the process of bringing or achieving civilization
5.
intellectual, cultural, and moral refinement
6.
cities or populated areas, as contrasted with sparsely inhabited areas, deserts, etc
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Word Origin and History for civilisation
civilisation
British spelling of civilization (q.v.). Also see -ize.
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