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Synonyms for civilˈsɪv əl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. civil(adj)

    applying to ordinary citizens as contrasted with the military

    Synonyms:
    civic, polite

    Antonyms:
    noncivilized, noncivilised, rude, military, uncivil, sidereal

  2. civil, polite(adj)

    not rude; marked by satisfactory (or especially minimal) adherence to social usages and sufficient but not noteworthy consideration for others

    Synonyms:
    civil, genteel, cultured, civilised, cultivated, polite, civic, civilized

    Antonyms:
    noncivilised, noncivilized, military, rude, uncivil, sidereal

  3. civil(adj)

    of or occurring within the state or between or among citizens of the state

    Synonyms:
    civic, polite

    Antonyms:
    military, noncivilised, sidereal, uncivil, noncivilized, rude

  4. civil, civic(adj)

    of or relating to or befitting citizens as individuals

    Synonyms:
    civic, civil, polite

    Antonyms:
    military, uncivil, noncivilized, sidereal, noncivilised, rude

  5. civil(adj)

    (of divisions of time) legally recognized in ordinary affairs of life

    Synonyms:
    civic, polite

    Antonyms:
    rude, uncivil, military, noncivilized, sidereal, noncivilised

  6. civil(adj)

    of or in a condition of social order

    Synonyms:
    civic, polite

    Antonyms:
    sidereal, military, uncivil, noncivilised, noncivilized, rude

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. civil

    A civil person observes such propriety of speech and manner as to avoid being rude; one who is polite (literally polished) observes more than the necessary proprieties, conforming to all that is graceful, becoming, and thoughtful in the intercourse of refined society. A man may be civil with no consideration for others, simply because self-respect forbids him to be rude; but one who is polite has at least some care for the opinions of others, and if polite in the highest and truest sense, which is coming to be the prevailing one, he cares for the comfort and happiness of others in the smallest matters. Civil is a colder and more distant word than polite; courteous is fuller and richer, dealing often with greater matters, and is used only in the good sense. Courtly suggests that which befits a royal court, and is used of external grace and stateliness without reference to the prompting feeling; as, the courtly manners of the ambassador. Genteel refers to an external elegance, which may be showy and superficial, and the word is thus inferior to polite or courteous. Urbane refers to a politeness that is genial and successful in giving others a sense of ease and cheer. Polished refers to external elegancies of speech and manner without reference to spirit or purpose; as, a polished gentleman or a polished scoundrel; cultured refers to a real and high development of mind and soul, of which the external manifestation is the smallest part. Complaisant denotes a disposition to please or favor beyond what politeness would necessarily require.

    Synonyms:
    accomplished, complaisant, courteous, courtly, cultivated, cultured, elegant, genteel, gracious, obliging, polished, polite, urbane, well-behaved, well-bred, well-mannered

    Antonyms:
    awkward, bluff, blunt, boorish, brusk, clownish, coarse, discourteous, ill-behaved, ill-bred, ill-mannered, impertinent, impolite, impudent, insolent, insulting, raw, rude, rustic, uncivil, uncouth, unmannerly, unpolished, untaught, untutored

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. civil(a.)

    Synonyms:
    civilized, not savage

  2. civil(a.)

    Synonyms:
    municipal, political, civic, not military

  3. civil(a.)

    Synonyms:
    intestine, domestic, not foreign

  4. civil(a.)

    Synonyms:
    courteous, ceremonious, polite, refined, complaisant, urbane, obliging, affable, debonair, easy, gracious, well-bred


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