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Christianize

or (especially British) Christianise

[kris-chuh-nahyz] /ˈkrɪs tʃəˌnaɪz/
verb (used with object), Christianized, Christianizing.
1.
to make Christian.
2.
to imbue with Christian principles.
Origin of Christianize
1585-1595
1585-95; Christian + -ize
Related forms
Christianization, noun
Christianizer, noun
de-Christianize, verb, de-Christianized, de-Christianizing.
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Examples from the Web for christianise
Historical Examples
  • They are making great exertions to christianise the class of workmen, the great majority of whom are not even nominally believers.

  • All the efforts of the padrés to christianise either one or the other had been in vain.

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
  • It would still be advisable to "humanise the governors of prisons, to civilise the warders, and to christianise the Chaplains."

  • He has a mission, and will fulfil it, and that mission is to christianise!!

    General Gordon Seton Churchill
  • This attempt of the Romans to christianise Northumbria was, however, of short duration.

  • Poor stuff this to educate their children and to civilise and christianise their parents.

    Gipsy Life George Smith
  • The whole account of the Grail reads like a not-too-successful attempt to christianise a purely pagan legend.

    Parzival (vol. 1 of 2) Wolfram von Eschenback
  • In Norway the problem was how to christianise and organise the land, and Canute had no great part in either.

    Canute the Great Laurence Marcellus Larson
  • Be a moralist of the mount, an Epictetus in the faith, and christianise thy notions.

British Dictionary definitions for christianise

Christianize

/ˈkrɪstʃəˌnaɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to make Christian or convert to Christianity
2.
to imbue with Christian principles, spirit, or outlook
Derived Forms
Christianization, Christianisation, noun
Christianizer, Christianiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for christianise

christianize

v.

1590s, from Christian + -ize. Originally intransitive as well as transitive. Related: Christianized; christianizing; christianization.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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