Definition of civic in English:



  • 1Relating to a city or town, especially its administration; municipal.

    ‘a meeting of civic and business leaders’
    • ‘Among them were business leaders and civic dignitaries who helped raise £20,000.’
    • ‘Now business and civic leaders are wondering when they can expect a decision on the £53m scheme.’
    • ‘Representatives from every parish in the diocese, along with civic and business leaders, gathered in tribute.’
    • ‘The town needed a new building that combined the civic role of a town hall with the cultural dimension of a small theatre.’
    • ‘However packed it gets, this great civic expanse always retains its symbolic force.’
    • ‘We also had civic buildings, including a courthouse.’
    • ‘Administration of civic bodies should be handed over to the military for at least two years so that things can be speeded up.’
    • ‘Perhaps a few people involved in civic administration might feel more important if we became a city but I oppose the idea.’
    • ‘Business, community and civic leaders have a key role to play here.’
    • ‘They were not what people expected of a major civic building in their city or community.’
    • ‘Political control, mismanagement and corruption have ensured that civic bodies which provide water are bankrupt.’
    • ‘Could a new civic centre become a reality?’
    • ‘The biggest proposal however is for a completely new civic centre to be located somewhere in the estate.’
    • ‘The situation sparked allegations of unfairness and excessive bureaucracy from the town's unemployed and civic leaders.’
    • ‘Being linked to the advertising industry, it comes at virtually no cost to the civic administration.’
    • ‘Fears that young members of the community are being forced to move away from the town have prompted civic leaders to investigate the issue.’
    • ‘A market town's civic leaders have decided it is time one of its hidden garden treasures became less of a secret for tourists.’
    • ‘The third civic building is the Central Library, west of the City Hall.’
    • ‘Why has a city of 14 million allowed a civic administration of a few thousand to hold it to ransom?’
    • ‘Such concerns pushed civic leaders toward municipal control of those networks.’
    municipal, city, town, urban, metropolitan
    public, civil, community, local, communal
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    1. 1.1Relating to the duties or activities of people in relation to their town, city, or local area.
      ‘he was active in the civic life of Swindon’
      • ‘Materialistic values were far stronger among young people than civic virtues.’
      • ‘You should see that as your editorial responsibility as well as your civic duty in this time of national tragedy.’
      • ‘What kinds of activities work best as training grounds for civic engagement and why?’
      • ‘Instead, most scholars working on this topic have assumed that civic virtue must be promoted indirectly.’
      • ‘We have to reclaim both areas as civic duty in our lives.’
      • ‘Contribute to community building, foster civic engagement, create a sense of community.’
      • ‘Colleges provided the opportunity and social support to develop the habit of civic engagement.’
      • ‘The least satisfactory aspect concerned the civic virtue of locals.’
      • ‘The relationship between military and civic virtue is also revealed as deeply ambiguous in these translations.’
      • ‘The aim of the competition is to recognise improvements made by local communities to create civic pride in their area.’
      • ‘Some would contend that a sense of civic duty alone is enough to compel people to vote.’
      • ‘The priority of the new administration was to be civic pride, something we wanted to restore in the borough, making people proud to be here.’
      • ‘Findings also support claims that civic journalism complements traditional journalism.’
      • ‘There is no older civic duty than public participation in the law.’
      • ‘It was designed to reeducate the local populace on law and order and civic duty.’
      • ‘Whether it a case of laziness or a lack of civic pride is unclear.’
      • ‘There was a time when we had a national, personal and civic pride.’
      • ‘Great civic leaders of less evangelical eras than ours did not speak of visions.’
      • ‘But, again, this just seems another public relations exercise when civic attitudes have not really changed.’
      • ‘They must share an equal commitment to civic virtue in a democratic society.’
      state, national, federal, government
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Mid 16th century: from French civique or Latin civicus, from civis citizen. The original use was in civic garland, crown, etc., translating Latin corona civica, denoting a garland of oak leaves and acorns given in ancient Rome to a person who saved a fellow citizen's life.