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English noun: civilization

1. civilization (group) a society in an advanced state of social development (e.g., with complex legal and political and religious organizations)

SamplesThe people slowly progressed from barbarism to civilization.


Broader (hypernym)society

Narrower (hyponym)Islam, Muslimism

Domain categorygovernment, political science, politics

2. civilization (process) the social process whereby societies achieve an advanced stage of development and organization


Broader (hypernym)social process

3. civilization (group) a particular society at a particular time and place

SamplesEarly Mayan civilization.

Synonymscivilisation, culture

Broader (hypernym)society

Narrower (hyponym)Aegean civilisation, Aegean civilization, Aegean culture, Helladic civilisation, Helladic civilization, Helladic culture, Indus civilization, Minoan civilisation, Minoan civilization, Minoan culture, Mycenaean civilisation, Mycenaean civilization, Mycenaean culture, Paleo-American culture, Paleo-Amerind culture, Paleo-Indian culture, Western civilization, Western culture

Part holonymsubculture

Domain categoryarchaeology, archeology

4. civilization (attribute) the quality of excellence in thought and manners and taste

SamplesA man of intellectual refinement.
He is remembered for his generosity and civilization.

Synonymscivilisation, refinement

Broader (hypernym)excellence

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