|1.||[ noun ] (sociology) a society in an advanced state of social development (e.g., with complex legal and political and religious organizations)|
"the people slowly progressed from barbarism to civilization"
|Related terms:||society culture politics|
|2.||[ noun ] (sociology) the social process whereby societies achieve civilization|
|Related terms:||social_process civilise|
|3.||[ noun ] (anthropology,sociology) a particular society at a particular time and place|
"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|
"a man of intellectual refinement" "he is remembered for his generosity and civilization"
|Related terms:||excellence educate|