civilization

  1. a particular society at a particular time and place

    Synonyms : civilisation, culture
    Type Of : society
    Examples :
    • early Mayan civilization
  2. a society in an advanced state of social development (e.g., with complex legal and political and religious organizations)

    Synonyms : civilisation
    Type Of : society
    Examples :
    • the people slowly progressed from barbarism to civilization
  3. the social process whereby societies achieve an advanced stage of development and organization

    Synonyms : civilisation
    Type Of : social process
  4. the quality of excellence in thought and manners and taste

    Synonyms : civilisation, refinement
    Type Of : excellence
    Examples :
    • he is remembered for his generosity and civilization