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civilize

[siv-uh-lahyz] /ˈsɪv əˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), civilized, civilizing.
1.
to bring out of a savage, uneducated, or rude state; make civil; elevate in social and private life; enlighten; refine:
Rome civilized the barbarians.
Also, especially British, civilise.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < French civiliser; see civil, -ize
Related forms
civilizable, adjective
civilizatory
[siv-uh-lahy-zuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˌsɪv əˈlaɪ zəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
civilizer, noun
decivilize, verb (used with object), decivilized, decivilizing.
noncivilizable, adjective
overcivilize, verb, overcivilized, overcivilizing.
uncivilizable, adjective
uncivilize, verb (used with object), uncivilized, uncivilizing.
Synonyms
educate, teach, instruct, polish, sophisticate.
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Examples from the web for civilised
  • If it were to embrace a centrist option, politics over the next year would be considerably more civilised.
  • On one side of that line stand societies sure of their civilised values.
  • For enthusiasts conversation is an art, one of the great pleasures of life, even the basis of civilised society.
  • It is a vile anachronism and has no place in civilised society.
  • What traditional buyers of luxury make of their nouveau co-consumers they are, of course, too civilised to say.
  • It is clean, fast and highly civilised, though far from cheap.
  • Though in many respects a small town, it also has the amenities of civilised life, from decent museums to fine restaurants.
British Dictionary definitions for civilised

civilized

/ˈsɪvɪˌlaɪzd/
adjective
1.
having a high state of culture and social development
2.
cultured; polite: a civilized discussion

civilize

/ˈsɪvɪˌlaɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to bring out of savagery or barbarism into a state characteristic of civilization
2.
to refine, educate, or enlighten
Derived Forms
civilizable, civilisable, adjective
civilizer, civiliser, noun
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Word Origin and History for civilised

civilize

v.

c.1600, "to bring out of barbarism," from French civiliser, verb from Old French civil (adj.), from Latin civilis "relating to a citizen, relating to public life, befitting a citizen; popular, affable, courteous" (see civil). Meaning "become civilized" is from 1868. Related: Civilized; civilizing.

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