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The exact measure of the progress of civilization is the degree in which the intelligence of the common mind has prevailed over wealth and brute force.
George Bancroft

Meaning of "civilization" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF CIVILIZATION

civilization  [ˌsɪvɪlaɪˈzeɪʃən] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF CIVILIZATION

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Civilization is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES CIVILIZATION MEAN IN ENGLISH?

civilization

Civilization

Civilization or civilisation generally refers to state polities which combine these basic institutions, having one or more of each: a ceremonial centre, a system of writing, and a city. The term is used to contrast with other types of communities including hunter-gatherers, nomadic pastoralists and tribal villages. Civilizations have more densely populated settlements divided into hierarchical social classes with a ruling elite and subordinate urban and rural populations, which, by the division of labour, engage in intensive agriculture, mining, small-scale manufacture and trade. Civilization concentrates power, extending human control over both nature, and over other human beings. The emergence of civilization is generally associated with the final stages of the Neolithic Revolution, a slow cumulative process occurring independently over many locations between 10,000 and 3,000 BCE, culminating in the relatively rapid process of state formation, a political development associated with the appearance of a governing elite.

Definition of civilization in the English dictionary

The first definition of civilization in the dictionary is 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. Other definition of civilization is the peoples or nations collectively who have achieved such a state. Civilization is also the total culture and way of life of a particular people, nation, region, or period.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH CIVILIZATION


authorization
ˌɔːθəraɪˈzeɪʃən
characterization
ˌkærɪktəraɪˈzeɪʃən
customization
ˌkʌstəmaɪˈzeɪʃən
globalization
ˌɡləʊbəlaɪˈzeɪʃən
hospitalisation
ˌhɒspɪtəlaɪˈzeɪʃən
hospitalization
ˌhɒspɪtəlaɪˈzeɪʃən
hybridization
ˌhaɪbrɪdaɪˈzeɪʃən
localization
ˌləʊkəlaɪˈzeɪʃən
novelization
ˌnɒvəlaɪˈzeɪʃən
optimisation
ˌɒptɪmaɪˈzeɪʃən
optimization
ˌɒptɪmaɪˈzeɪʃən
organisation
ˌɔːɡənaɪˈzeɪʃən
organization
ˌɔːɡənaɪˈzeɪʃən
personalization
ˌpɜːsənəlaɪˈzeɪʃən
realization
ˌrɪəlaɪˈzeɪʃən
specialization
ˌspeʃəlaɪˈzeɪʃən
stabilization
ˌsteɪbɪlaɪˈzeɪʃən
synchronization
ˌsɪŋkrənaɪˈzeɪʃən
utilization
ˌjuːtɪlaɪˈzeɪʃən
visualization
ˌvɪʒʊəlaɪˈzeɪʃən

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE CIVILIZATION

civilian
civilianise
civilianization
civilianize
civilisable
civilisation
civilisational
civilise
civilised
civiliser
civilist
civilities
civility
civilizable
civilizational
civilize
civilized
civilizer
civilizing
civilly

WORDS THAT END LIKE CIVILIZATION

accreditation
action
administration
animation
application
association
certification
citation
combination
communication
confirmation
conversation
corporation
creation
decoration
destination
documentation
duration
education
evaluation
excitation

Synonyms and antonyms of civilization in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «CIVILIZATION»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «civilization» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of civilization

Translation of «civilization» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF CIVILIZATION

Find out the translation of civilization to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of civilization from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «civilization» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

文明
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

civilización
570 millions of speakers

English

civilization
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

सभ्यता
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

حَضَارَة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

цивилизация
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

civilização
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

সভ্যতা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

civilisation
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Tamadun
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Zivilisation
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

文明
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

문명
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Peradaban
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

nền văn minh
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

நாகரிகம்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

संस्कृती
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

medeniyet
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

civilizzazione
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

cywilizacja
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

цивілізація
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

civilizație
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

πολιτισμός
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

beskawing
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

civilisation
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

sivilisasjon
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of civilization

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «CIVILIZATION»

The term «civilization» is very widely used and occupies the 14.928 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «CIVILIZATION» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about civilization

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10 QUOTES WITH «CIVILIZATION»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word civilization.
1
Brian Aldiss
Civilization is the distance man has placed between himself and his excreta.
2
George Bancroft
The exact measure of the progress of civilization is the degree in which the intelligence of the common mind has prevailed over wealth and brute force.
3
August Bebel
Christianity is the enemy of liberty and civilization.
4
Georges Bernanos
Civilization exists precisely so that there may be no masses but rather men alert enough never to constitute masses.
5
John Burroughs
Science has done more for the development of western civilization in one hundred years than Christianity did in eighteen hundred years.
6
Arthur Holly Compton
To make the moral achievement implicit in science a source of strength to civilization, the scientist will have to have the cooperation also of the philosopher and the religious teacher.
7
Chuck D
I think governments are the cancer of civilization.
8
Christopher Dawson
This freedom of political discussion on the highest level is something which Western civilization has in common with that of classical antiquity, but with no other.
9
Vine Deloria, Jr.
Western civilization, unfortunately, does not link knowledge and morality but rather, it connects knowledge and power and makes them equivalent.
10
Will Durant
Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «CIVILIZATION»

Discover the use of civilization in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to civilization and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Civilization: The West and the Rest
Boldly argued and teeming with memorable characters, this is Ferguson at his very best.
Niall Ferguson, 2011
2
Civilization: The Six Killer Apps of Western Power
' Economist 'Vivid and fascinating.' Daily Telegraph 'Superb . . . brings history alive . . . dazzling.' Independent 'This is sharp. It feels urgent. Ferguson . . . twists his knife with great literary brio.' Andrew Marr
Niall Ferguson, 2012
3
Civilization: The West and the Rest
The answer, Niall Ferguson argues, was that the West developed six "killer applications" that the Rest lacked: competition, science, democracy, medicine, consumerism and the work ethic.
Niall Ferguson, 2011
4
Civilization: A New History of the Western World
Tying together the histories of empires, art, philosophy, science, and politics, this work includes the events and people in the history of the western world from the siege of Troy to the Gettysburg address.
Roger Osborne, 2006
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Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age ...
This text is a classic of French post-structuralist scholarship and is widely recommended on humanities courses across a variety of disciplines.
Michel Foucault, 2001
6
War Before Civilization
Offering a devastating rebuttal to the comfortable myth that prehistoric warfare was rare, harmless, and unimportant, Lawrence H. Keeley's groundbreaking "War Before Civilization" debunks the notion that warfare was introduced to primitive ...
Lawrence H. Keeley, 1997
7
Forests: The Shadow of Civilization
Consistently insightful and beautifully written, this work is especially compelling at a time when the forest, as a source of wonder, respect, and meaning, disappears daily from the earth.
Robert Pogue Harrison, 2009
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Technics and Civilization
Technics and Civilization first presented its compelling history of the machine and critical study of its effects on civilization in 1934—before television, the personal computer, and the Internet even appeared on our periphery.
Lewis Mumford, 2010
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Civilization: Call to Power, Official Strategy Guide
-- Building on the same successful engine of Civilization: Call To Power, players start with a stone-age tribe and build up to a nuclear powered empire with new units and government types.
Johnny Wilson, Terry Coleman, 1999
10
Etruscan Civilization: A Cultural History
Heavily illustrated with ancient Etruscan art and cultural objects, the text is organized both chronologically and thematically, interweaving archaeological evidence, analysis of social structure, descriptions of trade and burial customs, ...
Sybille Haynes, 2005

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «CIVILIZATION»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term civilization is used in the context of the following news items.
1
Russia: Arctic mummy from lost civilization discovered in Siberia
A team of archaeologists have unearthed a well preserved mummy believed to belong to a lost civilisation in northern Russia which dates back ... «International Business Times UK, Jul 15»
2
Deadpool Graces Cover of Entertainment Weekly; Decline of …
Top historians and sociologists around the world unanimously agreed Monday that the decline of Western civilization was complete as Marvel ... «The Outhouse, Jul 15»
3
Same Sex Marriage: A 'Fad' that Threatens Civilization (Diário de …
Homosexual practices have always existed, like so many other relationships - adultery, friendship, incest, camaraderie - without any civilization ... «Worldmeets.us, Jul 15»
4
Ancient mummy unearthed from lost medieval civilization near Arctic …
The new find matches others discovered at Zeleny Yar, belonging to a mystery medieval civilization with links to Persia despite its position on ... «Ancient Origins, Jul 15»
5
Civilization Online Revealed Two Concept Videos
Korean company XLgames recently released two teaser trailers for Civilization Online. The first concept video is mainly displaying the ... «MMORPG News, Jul 15»
6
Civilization: Beyond Earth – Rising Tide expansion trailer
2K have released a video detailing the contents of the upcoming Civilization: Beyond Earth expansion, Rising Tide. The newest addition to Sid ... «Gamespresso, Jul 15»
7
Greek and Roman civilization reflected in today's world
Historians tell us that during the latter part of the Greek civilization and the latter part of the Roman civilization, the majority of men were ... «Log Cabin Democrat, Jul 15»
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Video: A design retrospective of Civilization: Beyond Earth
McDonough agreed; "In moving Civilization from a historical setting to a science fiction setting we had a real opportunity to do things differently," ... «Gamasutra, Jul 15»
9
Classic punk, metal docs 'The Decline of Western Civilization' finally …
Director Penelope Spheeris talks with Lemmy during the making of "The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years." (Shout ... «OregonLive.com, Jul 15»
10
Wednesday App And Game Sales: Civilization Revolution 2, Genius …
It's Wednesday, which means there should be some Google app updates at some point. Nothing much has happened yet, but here's a good ... «Android Police, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Civilization [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/civilization>. Jun 2020 ».
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