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Civilian Conservation Corps the New Deal program in the U.S. (1933-42) that provided conservation work for the unemployed during the Great Depression, through activities such as constructing and maintaining buildings and trails for state and national parks.
civility courteous behavior; politeness. [2 definitions]
civilization 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. [6 definitions]
civilize to bring to an educated or refined condition; cause impulsive or destructive behavior to be voluntarily restrained.
civilized educated or refined; not impulsive or destructive; socialized or civil.
civil law the section of law that deals with the rights of the citizens, as distinct from laws that regulate criminal acts, military personnel, or international trade. [3 definitions]
civil liberty a citizen's freedom to exercise certain rights, such as the right to free speech or free assembly, as guaranteed by the laws of a country.
civil marriage a marriage performed by a government official, such as a justice of the peace, rather than a clergyman.
civil rights the rights guaranteed by a nation's government to all its citizens. [2 definitions]
Civil Rights Act in the U.S., any of several laws intended to protect civil rights, esp. the landmark law passed by Congress in 1964 that aimed to protect the constitutional right to vote and prevent discrimination in places of employment, public facilities and accommodations, and the like.
civil rights movement a movement in the United States during the 1950s and 1960s that sought to end racial discrimination, legal segregation of blacks and whites, and racial barriers to voting. The movement was led by black leaders such as Medgar Evers, Martin Luther King, Jr., John Lewis, and James Farmer. It mobilized tens of thousands of African Americans in protest against existing laws and practices. Activists, both black and white, endured harassment and violence from the police and others as the movement progressed. Eventually, the American civil rights movement brought about the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and other measures.
civil service any branch of government that is not part of the legislative, judicial, or military services. [3 definitions]
civil war a war within a nation between opposing political factions or regions. [2 definitions]
civvies (informal) civilian clothing, as opposed to military uniform.
Cl symbol of the chemical element chlorine.
clabber sour, thick, or curdled milk. [2 definitions]
clack to make a short, sharp sound or sounds such as are made by striking two hard objects together. [8 definitions]
clad1 a past tense and past participle of clothe.
clad2 to bond or attach a metal to (another metal) in order to strengthen or protect it.
cladding a metal bonded to another metal as a protective coating. [2 definitions]
claim to assert ownership; demand as one's right. [8 definitions]