• adjective: marked by well-organized laws and rules about how people behave with each other
  • adjective: characteristic of a state of 'civilization'


  • With my new job, I'll be able to start my day at a more 'civilized' hour. [=at a time that is not so early in the morning]

  • a person known throughout the 'civilized world' [=everywhere people live in well-organized and developed societies]

  • They lived in a more 'civilized' era. [=a time when people were more concerned with what was proper]

Movie clips

Movie quotes

  • (..) His name was Pontius Pilate. He gave me a chance. He reminded me of what we were fighting for. Things you and I believe in, Judah. A civilized world, progress, prosperity, stability. I battled and marched through countries and across continents I'd once dreamed of. (GRUNTING) (YELLING) (..)
    2016 Ben-Hur
  • (..) Give me your hand. This is just the start of your education, son. Hoo-ah. Where are we? Where are we, eh? The cynosure of all things civilized. The Waldorf-Astoria. The last time I was here, Charlie, was with a G- from Brussels. Had a Ferrari. Every day I held the door open (..)
    1992 Scent of a Woman
  • (..) – I said… SCHULTZ: Eh, nothing; he's just being cheeky. Now, anything else about Mr. Candie that I should know before I meet him? – Yes, he is a bit of a Francophile. – Ah, what civilized people aren't? – And he prefers Monsieur Candie to Mister Candie. – Hmm, si c'est cela qu'il préfère. (..)
    2012 Django Unchained