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civilization

civ·i·li·za·tion

civilization

 
pronunciation:
sI v lih zeI shn
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: an advanced state of development of a society as judged by such things as having a complex system of government and laws, use of a written language, and the keeping of written records.
Fertile land and an abundant water supply were what made civilization possible in the region.
definition 2: the culture and achievements characteristic of a society that has reached such a level of development.
We studied the ancient civilizations of China.
synonyms:
culture
similar words:
customs, folkway, lifestyle, mores
definition 3: any society and its culture at a particular time or over a span of time.
American civilization changed immensely as a result of these technological innovations.
similar words:
culture, society
definition 4: the process of civilizing or becoming civilized.
Civilization was a slow process in the colder climates.
synonyms:
acculturation, development
similar words:
cultivation, refinement, sophistication
definition 5: a place offering human society and modern convenience, as opposed to the wilderness.
After spending months in the Arctic, they were ready to return to civilization.
similar words:
culture, development, society
definition 6: refinement in intellectual and cultural matters.
She was now moving in high social circles and considered herself a woman of civilization.
synonyms:
cultivation, culture, sophistication
similar words:
accomplishment, education, polish, refinement, taste, urbanity
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The word civilization contains the following parts:
civ Latin root that means citizen
-ization Latin and Greek noun-forming suffix that means act, fact, or process of
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The suffix -ization turns verbs ending in -ize into nouns