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[uhn-siv-uh-lahyzd] /ʌnˈsɪv əˌlaɪzd/
not civilized or cultured; barbarous.
Origin of uncivilized
1600-10; un-1 + civilized
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[uhn-siv-uh-lahy-zid-lee, -lahyzd-] /ʌnˈsɪv əˌlaɪ zɪd li, -ˌlaɪzd-/ (Show IPA),
uncivilizedness, noun Unabridged
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  • He found them to be uncivilized, incapable of holding the inventions and wonders he had at this fingertips.
  • Undeveloped land is uncivilized, inferior because it occupies a low rank in commodity production.
  • Traditional culture, in a word, was considered uncivilized and its languages disdainfully referred to as dialects.
  • uncivilized people use the friction of two pieces of wood to kindle a fire.
  • Only the strict, unchanging law of the prophet can redeem this uncivilized condition.
  • Kaffirs are as a rule uncivilized-the convicts even more so.
  • It is considered uncivilized to start drinking without a first toast, which is a kind of blessing or sacrament.
  • Commenters, no matter how brutal or uncivilized, are merely demanding that she own up to those references.
  • People of color have historically been seen as uncivilized and inferior and excluded from social services.
  • He is credited with changing the reputation of championship boxing from an uncivilized brawl into an artistic technique.
British Dictionary definitions for uncivilized


(of a tribe or people) not yet civilized, esp preliterate
lacking culture or sophistication
Derived Forms
uncivilizedly, uncivilisedly (ʌnˈsɪvɪˌlaɪzɪdlɪ) adverb
uncivilizedness, uncivilisedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for uncivilized

c.1600, "barbarous," from un- (1) "not" + past participle of civilize. Uncivil in the same sense is recorded from 1550s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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