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(also British uncivilised)
  • 1(of a place or people) not considered to be socially, culturally, or morally advanced.

    ‘they pitied us for leaving the Smoke for such uncivilized remoteness’
    • ‘children are basically uncivilized’
    • ‘But I think it is a necessary confrontation, a final break with the wild and uncivilized world from which Enkidu derives.’
    • ‘Well, of course it couldn't be the uncivilized place that some people say it is.’
    • ‘Surely, human life could not have started in those uncivilized places.’
    • ‘Still symbolic of uncivilized nature, wild game was transformed from an obstacle into a valuable resource in need of protection.’
    • ‘As cultured as they are supposed to be their village is uncivilized.’
    • ‘Isn't it clear to the world by now, that the U.S. represents a different mindset than much of the uncivilized world?’
    • ‘We always picnic in the room so it looks as if we're provisioned for an excursion into the uncivilized wilderness.’
    • ‘For all its wacky irreverence, it is also a rather touching story of moral decay in an uncivilized world.’
    • ‘Many American middle-class women, for example, expressed their revulsion at what they saw as the dirty and uncivilized nature of Irish women.’
    • ‘‘That is the kind of thinking that would be compatible with a very uncivilized world,’ he added.’
    • ‘The Orient is associated with an uncivilized nature, the Westerner with a proprietary consumption of it.’
    • ‘It is about giving assent, support and legitimacy at a transnational level to a most uncivilised field of research.’
    • ‘They are not just men sacrificed to expediency, they are not men too civilised for an uncivilised world.’
    • ‘I believe that certain aspects of other cultures are primitive and uncivilized.’
    • ‘Filson depicted the Kentucky frontier as a howling wilderness inhabited by wild beasts and uncivilized savages.’
    • ‘In the aftermath of the American elections the chattering classes in Britain have portrayed the moral majority in America as the peculiar aberration of a raw, uncivilised culture.’
    • ‘The first he would have described as a natural system - like a primitive state of nature, an uncivilized, anarchic world where the most powerful tyrannize the rest.’
    • ‘First most of them were imported from among the interior peoples, untouched by the Swahili culture, peoples contemptuously referred to as shenzi or uncivilized barbarians by the coastal peoples.’
    • ‘She does not view the tribal people as uncivilized or primitive, but merely very different from the rest of the world.’
    • ‘The French don't like the Irish; they think they're wild, barbaric, and terribly uncivilized.’
    uncouth, coarse, rough, boorish, vulgar, philistine, uneducated, uncultured, uncultivated, benighted, unsophisticated, unrefined, unpolished, ill-bred, ill-mannered, thuggish, loutish
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    1. 1.1Impolite; bad-mannered.
      ‘forgive me for my apparent rudeness, it was most uncivilized of me’
      • ‘Please don't be as uncivilized, thoughtless, and cruel as the monsters who committed these senseless acts.’
      • ‘High, bright windows shone at us when children; told us of the happy life of music in those houses where the girls stepped daintily and smiled at us, a joke we thought uncivilised and cruel.’
      • ‘This is to counter the dumb who don't think they are dumb, and are at the same time crude, uncivilised and unreasonable.’
      • ‘Yet, the possibility always remains that the signifying capabilities of the tongue, and, more generally, the body will exceed the narrow scope of its assignment, becoming rude, unmannerly, undisciplined, and uncivilized.’
      • ‘He characterized the action as ‘brazen, arrogant, uncivilized, and insensitive.’’
      • ‘To rush through a meal is thought to be uncivilized behavior.’
      • ‘I wanted to simply disappear; I must have sounded so graceless and uncivilized.’
      • ‘She may be unladylike, but she certainly was not uncivilized!’
      • ‘Last week, it emerged that even those trusted with getting children safely across roads outside school are bearing the brunt of increased aggression and uncivilised road behaviour by some motorists.’
      • ‘Apparently bloggers really are considered the barbarians at the gates - unrefined, undisciplined and uncivilized.’
      • ‘If the boys sometimes cross their limit, the whole blame goes these uncultured/uncivilised boys, and the poor girl is just the victim.’



/ˌənˈsivəˌlīzd/ /ˌənˈsɪvəˌlaɪzd/