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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 civ·i·li·za·tion /ˌsɪvələˈzeʃən/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Civ·i·li·za·tion n.
 1. The act of civilizing, or the state of being civilized; national culture; refinement.
    Our manners, our civilization, and all the good things connected with manners, and with civilization, have, in this European world of ours, depended for ages upon two principles -- . . . the spirit of a gentleman, and spirit of religion.   --Burke
 2. Law Rendering a criminal process civil. [Obs.]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: 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: civilisation]
      2: the social process whereby societies achieve civilization
         [syn: civilisation]
      3: a particular society at a particular time and place; "early
         Mayan civilization" [syn: culture, civilisation]
      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, civilisation]