follow Dictionary.com

Know these essential literary terms?

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for civilisation
  • Searchable facsimile the place of science in modern civilisation and other essays.
Word Origin and History for civilisation
n.

chiefly British English spelling of civilization. Also see -ize.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Word Value for civilisation

17
0
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with civilisation

Nearby words for civilisation