1. [ noun ] (sociology) a society in an advanced state of social development (e.g., with complex legal and political and religious organizations)
Synonyms: civilisation

"the people slowly progressed from barbarism to civilization"

Related terms: society culture politics
2. [ noun ] (sociology) the social process whereby societies achieve civilization
Synonyms: civilisation
Related terms: social_process civilise
3. [ noun ] (anthropology,sociology) a particular society at a particular time and place
Synonyms: culture civilisation

"early Mayan civilization"

Related terms: society Minoan_civilization paleo-american_culture Aegean_civilization Mycenaean_civilization Helladic_civilization tribalism western_civilization subculture acculturate
4. [ noun ] the quality of excellence in thought and manners and taste
Synonyms: refinement civilisation

"a man of intellectual refinement" "he is remembered for his generosity and civilization"

Related terms: excellence educate
Similar spelling:   civilisation