Definitions

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  • adj. Too much civilized.

Etymologies

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over- +‎ civilized

Examples

  • In fact, to be overcivilized is to be less civilized because genuine civilization includes a robust willingness to enforce its order and truths on anarchy, violence, murder and superstition.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » 2004 » September

  • As long as we remain overcivilized, anarchy, violence, murder and superstition will continue their sinister recovery — until one day you may think you hear your own mother’s voice [pleading for your life] on the network news.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » 2004 » September

  • The "overcivilized" were wealthy women who spent all of their time indoors and needed C-sections, Newell wrote, because they weren't sturdy and hardy like the poor women who worked in the fields, who were able to get out and exercise, and give birth easily.

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  • I hate to overgeneralize or stereotype people, but the average adult in this country, especially in the urban areas, is an overcivilized wimp.

    Tiny LEGO Gun Spells Big Trouble For Student

  • Another example of how we're becoming "overcivilized."

    Deer Jumps Into Lion Pen at DC Zoo

  • Whether he was trying to compensate for his beloved father, who bought a draft substitute in the Civil War, or because, as he often wrote, he feared that the Anglo-Saxon "race" was becoming "overcivilized" and weak, Roosevelt wanted to test himself in the crucible of battle.

    Why Men Love War

  • And young boys -- as the art history scholar Eric Segal has pointed out -- are either good and scrappy, busy roughhousing at the rural swimming hole, or urban and effeminate and overcivilized, in need of a good, toughening hazing.

    Norman Rockwell exhibit opens at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

  • Another example is Michael Moorcock's "Elric" books, which neatly reversed all the tropes of Robert E. Howard's "Conan" stories: instead of a dark-haired brawny barbarian, we have an effete, overcivilized albino.

    What are the Essential SF Books of the Last 20 Years?

  • I think there are a lot of overcivilized people out there drinking coffee out of a Wedgwood cup.

    Dodge Morgan, first American to circumnavigate globe alone, dies at 78

  • Ever since there were black Americans, whites have tended to hear in their music an authenticity presumably unavailable to the overcivilized.

    It’s a White Thing

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