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      n 1: the social process whereby societies achieve civilization
           [syn: civilization]
      2: a particular society at a particular time and place; "early
         Mayan civilization" [syn: culture, civilization]
      3: 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" [syn: civilization]
      4: the quality of excellence in thought and manners and taste;
         "a man of intellectual refinement"; "he is remembered for
         his generosity and civilization" [syn: refinement, civilization]