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  • IPA(key): /ˈsɪv.ɪ.laɪzd/
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  • Hyphenation: civ‧i‧lized


civilized (comparative more civilized, superlative most civilized)

  1. Having a highly developed society or culture.
  2. Showing evidence of moral and intellectual advancement; humane, reasonable, ethical.
  3. Marked by refinement in taste and manners.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 5, in The China Governess[1]:
      A waiter brought his aperitif, which was a small scotch and soda, and as he sipped it gratefully he sighed.
         ‘Civilized,’ he said to Mr. Campion. ‘Humanizing.’ […] ‘Cigars and summer days and women in big hats with swansdown face-powder, that's what it reminds me of.’


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  1. simple past tense and past participle of civilize

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