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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishcivilizedciv‧i‧lized (also civilised British English) /ˈsɪvəl-aɪzd/ adjective  1 SOCIETYa civilized society is well organized and developed, and has fair laws and customscivilization Such things should not happen in a civilized society.2 COMFORTABLEpleasant and comfortablecivilized ‘This is very civilized, ’ she said, lying back with a gin and tonic.3 POLITEbehaving in a polite sensible way instead of getting angry Let’s try and be civilized about this, shall we?4 a civilized hour
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civilizedIn Vienna the pace of life was more civilized.Not that they needed a fire, it was just that a fire was more civilized.Even very conservative commentators can regard the conditions within some prisons as morally intolerable to a civilized community.The Yosemite hotels are too civilized for Stacey's taste; she prefers sleeping in a tent.I tried talking to her in a civilized manner, but she refused to listen.Care for the disabled, old, and sick is essential in a civilized society.To do otherwise would have been tantamount to branding yourself an obscene, inhuman monster, an outcast from civilized society.In their presence, the audience could feel its civilized surface annulled and replaced by a consoling sense of unity with nature.The only problem was how to set them loose in a manner not too blatantly contravening all the rules of civilized warfare.
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