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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 pertaining 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
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

[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; < 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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  • See a photographic expedition into the wild heart of a civilized continent.
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  • The traditional answer is a hip flask filled with whisky, but feeding my monkey will be so much more civilized with this tiny cup.
  • civilized societies make sure that when people are in desperate need of help, the money is there to take care of them.
  • See wildlife photographers set a camera ambush that catches a wild adult tiger indulging in a rather civilized midday soak.
  • The health statistics of all civilized countries have improved greatly in the past century.
  • Then came the application of that knowledge, and a far, far better and more civilized world resulted.
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.

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