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Definition of "civilized" []

  • Having a highly developed society and culture. (adjective)
  • Showing evidence of moral and intellectual advancement; humane, ethical, and reasonable: terrorist acts that shocked the civilized world. (adjective)
  • Marked by refinement in taste and manners; cultured; polished. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "civilized" in a sentence
  • "Palestine was a civilized country, and the Hebrews were a great people; and I consider the precedent set by our blessed Lord is a command to be followed in all time, and that his appearance in Judea is tantamount to his saying to his apostles, 'go and preach me and my gospel to all _civilized_ people.'""
  • "Their communication with these wretches, who disgraced the term civilized, corrupted their morals, and did not improve their knowledge, taught them wants, without teaching them how to supply them, except by theft."
  • "He insists that people who want change should adopt what he calls a civilized and decent behavior and participate in parliamentary and presidential elections."