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civilized

[siv-uh-lahyzd] /ˈsɪv əˌlaɪzd/
adjective
1.
having an advanced or humane culture, society, etc.
2.
polite; well-bred; refined.
3.
of or relating to civilized people:
The civilized world must fight ignorance.
4.
easy to manage or control; well organized or ordered:
The car is quiet and civilized, even in sharp turns.
Origin of civilized
1605-1615
1605-15; civilize + -ed2
Related forms
civilizedness
[siv-uh-lahy-zid-nis, -lahyzd] /ˈsɪv əˌlaɪ zɪd nɪs, -ˌlaɪzd/ (Show IPA),
noun
half-civilized, adjective
hypercivilized, adjective
noncivilized, adjective
subcivilized, adjective
supercivilized, adjective
ultracivilized, adjective
well-civilized, adjective

civilize

or (especially British) civilise

[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.
Origin
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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  • What distinguishes the civilized from the savage appreciation is the passion for order.

    French Art W. C. Brownell
  • The Japanese are a civilizable and civilized race, and must be treated as such.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • Meeting at first with little encouragement, it gradually gained a footing in most civilized countries.

  • Then shall I break upon the civilized world as a revelation.

    Cleo The Magnificent Louis Zangwill
  • The individual citizen is the most servile and unthinking person in any civilized country of the world to-day.

    Socialism and American ideals William Starr Myers
British Dictionary definitions for civilized

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 civilized
adj.

1610s, past participle adjective from civilize.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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