Definition of uncivilized in US English:


(British uncivilised)


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

    • ‘The Orient is associated with an uncivilized nature, the Westerner with a proprietary consumption of it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Isn't it clear to the world by now, that the U.S. represents a different mindset than much of the uncivilized world?’
    • ‘It is about giving assent, support and legitimacy at a transnational level to a most uncivilised field of research.’
    • ‘Surely, human life could not have started in those uncivilized places.’
    • ‘Many American middle-class women, for example, expressed their revulsion at what they saw as the dirty and uncivilized nature of Irish women.’
    • ‘As cultured as they are supposed to be their village is uncivilized.’
    • ‘Filson depicted the Kentucky frontier as a howling wilderness inhabited by wild beasts and uncivilized savages.’
    • ‘They are not just men sacrificed to expediency, they are not men too civilised for an uncivilised world.’
    • ‘Still symbolic of uncivilized nature, wild game was transformed from an obstacle into a valuable resource in need of protection.’
    • ‘For all its wacky irreverence, it is also a rather touching story of moral decay in an uncivilized world.’
    • ‘Well, of course it couldn't be the uncivilized place that some people say it is.’
    • ‘We always picnic in the room so it looks as if we're provisioned for an excursion into the uncivilized wilderness.’
    • ‘But I think it is a necessary confrontation, a final break with the wild and uncivilized world from which Enkidu derives.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I believe that certain aspects of other cultures are primitive and uncivilized.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘That is the kind of thinking that would be compatible with a very uncivilized world,’ he added.’
    • ‘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.’
    uncouth, coarse, rough, boorish, vulgar, philistine, uneducated, uncultured, uncultivated, benighted, unsophisticated, unrefined, unpolished, ill-bred, ill-mannered, thuggish, loutish
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    1. 1.1 Impolite; bad-mannered.
      ‘forgive me for my apparent rudeness, it was most uncivilized of me’
      • ‘Apparently bloggers really are considered the barbarians at the gates - unrefined, undisciplined and 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.’
      • ‘He characterized the action as ‘brazen, arrogant, uncivilized, and insensitive.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She may be unladylike, but she certainly was not uncivilized!’
      • ‘If the boys sometimes cross their limit, the whole blame goes these uncultured/uncivilised boys, and the poor girl is just the victim.’
      • ‘Please don't be as uncivilized, thoughtless, and cruel as the monsters who committed these senseless acts.’
      • ‘To rush through a meal is thought to be uncivilized behavior.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I wanted to simply disappear; I must have sounded so graceless and uncivilized.’