- n. The quality of not being civilized.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. rare The state of being uncivilized; savagery or barbarism.
- un- + civilization (Wiktionary)
“I really thought this invention to be in full swing by now but instead we've regressed into debating about evolution, fighting over gas and other depraved acts of uncivilization.”
“I can hardly believe this abnormal cruelty to be the mere result of uncivilization; it appears to me the effect of an arrested development, which leaves to the man all the ferocity of the carnivor, the unreflecting cruelty of the child.”
“Fighting was a disagreeable business, smelling strongly of uncivilization, as did the need to maintain enormous stocks of war material and the fleets to transport it.”
“Once or twice we passed small openings in which some poor white had located, and where half-naked children were the only signs of civilization, or, rather, uncivilization, till, at last, under the guidance of a scout, we filed into a clearing about a quarter of a mile from the bridge.”
“This part of the Empire might be called the ethnological garden of tribes and various races in various stages of uncivilization.”
“Yet nothing bore traces of gross uncivilization; the people, hard workers albeit, were happy and quite content, with their slow-moving caravan, which we would, if we could, soon displace for the railway engine.”
“We have reached a certain state of uncivilization.”
“The uncivilization crops out of these obscure Harood villagers far plainer than it does in the tents of the wandering tribes.”
“He has been a very interesting study of uncivilization all along, and his bump of destructiveness is as large as an orange.”
“Concerning uncivilized peoples we know but little except what we are told by travelers -- who, speaking generally, can know very little but the fact of uncivilization, as shown in externals and irrelevances, and are moreover, greatly given to lying.”
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