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Dictionary definition for: Civilization

1. (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"

2. (n) the social process whereby societies achieve civilization

3. (n) a particular society at a particular time and place; "early Mayan civilization"

4. (n) the quality of excellence in thought and manners and taste; "a man of intellectual refinement" "he is remembered for his generosity and civilization"

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