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decivilization


noun

  1. an advanced state of human society, in which a high level of culture, science, industry, and government has been reached.
  2. those people or nations that have reached such a state.
  3. any type of culture, society, etc., of a specific place, time, or group: Greek civilization.
  4. the act or process of civilizing, as by bringing out of a savage, uneducated, or unrefined state, or of being civilized: Rome’s civilization of barbaric tribes was admirable.
  5. cultural refinement; refinement of thought and cultural appreciation: The letters of Madame de Sévigné reveal her wit and civilization.
  6. cities or populated areas in general, as opposed to unpopulated or wilderness areas: The plane crashed in the jungle, hundreds of miles from civilization.
  7. modern comforts and conveniences, as made possible by science and technology: After a week in the woods, without television or even running water, the campers looked forward to civilization again.

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 periodclassical 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
n.

1704, “law which makes a criminal process civil,” from civilize + -ation. Sense of “civilized condition” first recorded 1772, probably from French civilisation, to be an opposite to barbarity and a distinct word from civility. Sense of a particular human society in a civilized condition, considered as a whole over time, is from 1857. Related: Civilizational.

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