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CIVI'LITY. n.s.
1. Freedom from barbarity; the state of being civilised. The English were at first as stout and warlike a people as ever the Iris; and yet are now brought unto that civility, that no nation in the world excelleth them in all goodly conversation, and all the studies of knowledge and humanity.

Spenser's State of Ireland.

Divers great monarchies have risen from barbarism to civility, and fallen
again to ruin.

Davies on Ireland.

Wheresoe'er her conquering eagles fled,
Arts, learning, and civility were spread.

Denham's Poem.

2.

Politeness; complaisance; elegance of behaviour.
Art thou thus bolden'd, man, by thy distress;
Or else a rude despiser of good manners,
That in civility thou seem'st so empty?

Shakespeare, As you like it.

He, by his great civility and affability, wrought very much upon the people.

Clarendon, b. viii.

I should be kept from a publication; did not what your civility calls a request, your greatness, command.

South.

We, in point of civility, yield to others in our own houses.

Swift.

Rule of decency; practise of politeness.
Love taught him shame; and shame, with love at strife,
Soon taught the sweet civilities of life.

Dryden Cym. and Iphig.

To CI'VILIZE. v.a.

To reclaim from savageness and brutality; to instruct in the arts of
regular life.
We send the graces and the muses forth,
To civilize and to instruct the North.

Waller.

Musaeus first, then Orpheuscivilize
Mankind, and gave the world their deities.

Denham.
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From: Samuel Johnson, Dictionary, vol. 1.

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