Retard civilisationnel

Discussion in 'French-English Vocabulary / Vocabulaire Français-Anglais' started by Esmeraldina, Feb 4, 2013.

  1. Esmeraldina Junior Member

    Marseille
    French France
    Hello,
    I must translate the idea of "retard civilisationnel" into English.
    I was tinking of "civilization/cultural backwardness", any suggestion?
    Thank you, merci.
     
  2. Suehil

    Suehil Medemod

    Tillou, France
    British English
    Please give us more context, Esmeraldina. Are you speaking of a society? a country? a person? a company? What is the complete sentence?
     
  3. Esmeraldina Junior Member

    Marseille
    French France
    Sorry you're right.
    I'm doing a translation regarding the first Arab awakening against the Ottoman Empire. The author speaks about the decline of social activism due to this "civilization/cultural/societal backwardness”, corruption, and interventions of foreign powers...
     
  4. Sedulia

    Sedulia Senior Member

    Paris, France
    **Literate** American English
    You should be very careful using "backwardness" or any such language in English these days....
     
  5. Suehil

    Suehil Medemod

    Tillou, France
    British English
    I think you could use 'cultural deprivation', or 'deficit'.
     
  6. Esmeraldina Junior Member

    Marseille
    French France
    Yes I agree with Sedulia, maybe the best is to ask the author directly.
    Thank you for your suggestions and remarks.
     

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