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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  • They are quite peaceful, and will doubtless in time advance in civilisation.

  • Between them lies the Lake of Titicaca, the centre of bygone Peruvian civilisation.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • A delightful home was theirs, even if in a place so remote from civilisation.

    Three Boys in the Wild North Land Egerton Ryerson Young
  • Perhaps credit was not after all the life blood of our civilisation.

    Gossamer George A. Birmingham
  • Through a world darkened and lost, through a civilisation in its death agony, our little Cockney errant went and found his Edna!

    The War in the Air Herbert George Wells
  • Thus prepared, liberty is about to be opened to them in a region of civilisation.

    The Hour and the Man Harriet Martineau
  • War is the last and worst stain of barbarism on the escutcheon of civilisation.

    The War and the Churches Joseph McCabe
  • The history of the civilisation of the earth is the history of the civilisation of Olympus also.

  • To realize the wonderful work of beavers, and then to act as we do toward them is unworthy of our civilisation.

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