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Synonyms for civil
ˈsɪv əlciv·il

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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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. civiladjective

    applying to ordinary citizens as contrasted with the military

    "civil authorities"

    Synonyms:
    civic, polite

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

  2. civil, politeadjective

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

    "even if he didn't like them he should have been civil"- W.S. Maugham

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

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

  3. civiladjective

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

    "civil affairs"; "civil strife"; "civil disobedience"; "civil branches of government"

    Synonyms:
    civic, polite

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

  4. civil, civicadjective

    of or relating to or befitting citizens as individuals

    "civil rights"; "civil liberty"; "civic duties"; "civic pride"

    Synonyms:
    civic, polite

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

  5. civiladjective

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

    "the civil calendar"; "a civil day begins at mean midnight"

    Synonyms:
    civic, polite

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

  6. civiladjective

    of or in a condition of social order

    "civil peoples"

    Synonyms:
    civic, polite

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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. civiladjective

    Synonyms:
    civilized, not savage

  2. civiladjective

    Synonyms:
    municipal, political, civic, not military

  3. civiladjective

    Synonyms:
    intestine, domestic, not foreign

  4. civiladjective

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. civiladjective

    Synonyms:
    civic, political, municipal, courteous, obliging, polite

    Antonyms:
    uncivil

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How to use civil in a sentence?

  1. Francisco Lloreda:

    We hope to start at least the civil works next year and hopefully we can be perforating next year.

  2. State John Kerry:

    It is not a decision to enter into Syria's civil war. It is not an action focused on (Syrian President Bashar) Assad, it focused exclusively on Daesh and in augmenting our ability to rapidly attack Daesh.

  3. Bill Johnson:

    Legislation pending or proposed in Congress would restrict contracts that the bill sponsors feel somehow interfere with civil rights investigations, from our point of view, contracts do no such thing. In fact, can not do such a thing, legally.

  4. Tom McClintock:

    Ladies and gentleman, this is supposed to be a civil discussion, be civil, be polite, and allow people to have a civil exchange of ideas.

  5. Faiz Shakir:

    William Barr's record suggests that William Barr will follow Jeff Sessions' legacy of hostility to civil rights and civil liberties, if confirmed, President Donald Trump will have a partner in one of the most powerful roles of the administration, and someone who defended the president's decision to fire James Comey.


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