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[siv-iz-uh m]
  1. good citizenship.
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Origin of civism

1785–95; < French civisme < Latin cīv(is) citizen + French -isme -ism
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Examples from the Web for civism

Historical Examples

  • They at the same time show their civism by shouting Vive les patriotes!

    The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 3 (of 6)

    Hippolyte A. Taine

  • Two leading obstacles hinder the development of civism, and the first is egoism.

  • Rome heard with bitter indignation of this old traitor's ingratitude, and his false mask of republican civism.

    The Caesars

    Thomas de Quincey

  • Competition shows itself most strictly connected with the principle of civism.

British Dictionary definitions for civism


  1. rare good citizenship
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Word Origin

C18: from French civisme, from Latin cīvis citizen
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