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civilization

 
Noun civilization has 4 senses
  1. civilization, civilisation - 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"
    --1 is a kind of society
    Derived form: verb civilize2
  2. civilization, civilisation - the social process whereby societies achieve civilization
    --2 is a kind of social process
  3. culture, civilization, civilisation - a particular society at a particular time and place; "early Mayan civilization"
    --3 is a kind of society
    --3 has parts: subculture
    --3 has particulars:
     Aegean civilization, Aegean civilisation, Aegean culture; Helladic civilization, Helladic civilisation, Helladic culture; Minoan civilization, Minoan civilisation, Minoan culture; Mycenaean civilization, Mycenaean civilisation, Mycenaean culture; Paleo-American culture, Paleo-Amerind culture, Paleo-Indian culture; Western culture, Western civilization
  4. refinement, civilization, civilisation - the quality of excellence in thought and manners and taste; "a man of intellectual refinement"; "he is remembered for his generosity and civilization"
    --4 is a kind of excellence
    Derived form: verb civilize1
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