Etymology
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civilization (n.)

1704, in a now-obsolete sense "law which makes a criminal process civil," from civil + -ization. Sense of "civilized condition, state of being reclaimed from the rudeness of savage life" first recorded 1772, probably from French civilisation, serving as an opposite to barbarity and a distinct word from civility. From civilize + -ation. Sense of "a particular human society in a civilized condition, considered as a whole over time," is from 1857. Related: Civilizational.

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Definitions of civilization

civilization (n.)
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
Synonyms: civilisation
civilization (n.)
the social process whereby societies achieve an advanced stage of development and organization;
Synonyms: civilisation
civilization (n.)
a particular society at a particular time and place;
early Mayan civilization
Synonyms: culture / civilisation
civilization (n.)
the quality of excellence in thought and manners and taste;
he is remembered for his generosity and civilization
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