What does the word "civilized" mean to you? I'm reading a somewhat dated book that uses the word "civilized" a lot and, I think, arrogantly. I am curious to see what some current ideas are about being "civilized". Don't worry about getting it "right" or "wrong". I am wondering about what other people think and feel when they hear the word. I can, and have, looked up a definition, although I admit it wasn't very satisfactory either.