(Civ`i*li*za"tion) n. [Cf. F. civilisation.]
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.
2. (Law) Rendering a criminal process civil. [Obs.]
(Civ"i*lize) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Civilized ; p. pr. & vb. n. Civilizing.] [Cf. F. civilizer, fr.L.
civilis civil. See Civil.]
1. To reclaim from a savage state; to instruct in the rules and customs of civilization; to educate; to refine.
Yet blest that fate which did his arms dispose
Her land to civilize, as to subdue.
2. To admit as suitable to a civilized state. [Obs. or R.] "Civilizing adultery." Milton.
Syn. To polish; refine; humanize.
(Civ"i*lized) a. Reclaimed from savage life and manners; instructed in arts, learning, and civil
manners; refined; cultivated.
Sale of conscience and duty in open market is not reconcilable with the present state of civilized society.
(Civ"i*li*zer) n. One who, or that which, civilizes or tends to civilize.
(Civ"i*ly) adv. In a civil manner; as regards civil rights and privileges; politely; courteously; in a well
(Civ"ism) n. [Cf. F. civisme, fr.L. civis citizen.] State of citizenship. [R.] Dyer.
(Ciz"ar) v. i. [From Cizars.] To clip with scissors. [Obs.] Beau. & Fl.
(Ciz"ars) n. pl. Scissors. [Obs.] Swift.
(Cize) n. Bulk; largeness. [Obs.] See Size.
(Clab"ber) n. [See Bonnyclabber] Milk curdled so as to become thick.
(Clab"ber), v. i. To become clabber; to lopper.
(Clach"an) n. [Scot., fr. Gael.] A small village containing a church. [Scot.] Sir W. Scott
Sitting at the clachon alehouse.
R. L. Stevenson.
(Clack) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Clacked ; p. pr. & vb. n. Clacking.] [Prob. of imitative origin; cf. F.
claquer to clap, crack, D. klakken, MHG. klac crack, Ir. clagaim I make a noise, ring. Cf. Clack, n.,
1. To make a sudden, sharp noise, or a succesion of such noises, as by striking an object, or by collision
of parts; to rattle; to click.
We heard Mr.Hodson's whip clacking on the ahoulders of the poor little wretches.