the social process whereby societies achieve an advanced stage of development and organization
a particular society at a particular time and place;
"early Mayan civilization"
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"
the quality of excellence in thought and manners and taste;
"a man of intellectual refinement"
"he is remembered for his generosity and civilization"
- But the concept of civilisation itself is not.
- One can also put this in terms of technology, rather than civilisation.
- The gaunt and grave civilisation of the thirteenth century was presented with that of the nineteenth, grinning, prosperous, and well armed.