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chiefly British English spelling of civilization. Also see -ize.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  • At each stage some of the comforts of civilisation and peace reappeared.

    The Story of the Malakand Field Force Sir Winston S. Churchill
  • I was in a hurry to leave the store, the home of these two victims of civilisation.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • The equality of poverty would have produced stagnation in civilisation.

    Freeland Theodor Hertzka
  • For is everything which is necessary to the progress of civilisation consequently also possible?

    Freeland Theodor Hertzka
  • Every advance in civilisation is synonymous with a progressive diminution of the differences.

    Freeland Theodor Hertzka
  • But this sad privilege has sprung from a necessity of civilisation.

    Freeland Theodor Hertzka
  • It is at the price of lives such as these that the wonders of civilisation are achieved.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • civilisation, in this case, depraves the birds, as often it does men.

    The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • To own one was equivalent to keeping a butler in civilisation.

    Murder Point

    Coningsby Dawson

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