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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [siv-uh-lahyz]
    • /ˈsɪv əˌlaɪz/
    • /ˈsɪv.ɪ.laɪz/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [siv-uh-lahyz]
    • /ˈsɪv əˌlaɪz/

Definitions of civilised word

  • verb with object civilised to bring out of a savage, uneducated, or rude state; make civil; elevate in social and private life; enlighten; refine: Rome civilized the barbarians. 1
  • noun civilised Simple past tense and past participle of civilise. 1
  • adjective civilised Britain, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa spelling of civilized. 0

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Origin of civilised

First appearance:

before 1595
One of the 38% oldest English words
1595-1605; < French civiliser; see civil, -ize

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Parts of speech for Civilised


civilised popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 65% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 59% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

civilised usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for civilised

adjective civilised

  • cultured — If you describe someone as cultured, you mean that they have good manners, are well educated, and know a lot about the arts.
  • educated — having undergone education: educated people.
  • refined — having or showing well-bred feeling, taste, etc.: refined people.
  • polite — showing good manners toward others, as in behavior, speech, etc.; courteous; civil: a polite reply.
  • urbane — having the polish and suavity regarded as characteristic of sophisticated social life in major cities: an urbane manner.

Antonyms for civilised

adjective civilised

  • barbarous — If you describe something as barbarous, you strongly disapprove of it because you think that it is rough and uncivilized.
  • ignorant — lacking in knowledge or training; unlearned: an ignorant man.
  • inexperienced — not experienced; lacking knowledge, skill, or wisdom gained from experience.
  • stupid — lacking ordinary quickness and keenness of mind; dull.
  • uncultured — the lack or absence of culture: Much modern fiction is a product of unculture.

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