Complete Definition of "civilize"


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English

Etymology
From Latin civis

Verb
en-verb|civilizes|civilizing|civilized

  1. Educate or enlighten a person or people to a perceived higher standard of behaviour
  2. Introduce or impose the standards of one civilization upon another civilization, group or person, arguably with the intent of achieving a perceived higher standard of behaviour
  3. Bring from a state of savagery to an educated or refined state

Usage notes
;Historical or politically different usage
Webster's 1828 Dictionary: To reclaim from a savage state; to introduce civility of manners among a people, and instruct them in the arts of regular life.

Alternative spellings
civilise (mostly British)

Translations
rfc-level|Translations at L4+ not in L3 POS section

Finnish: sivistää
mid

Related terms
civilization
civil
city
civitas
civilian
citizen

fa:civilize
io:civilize
te:civilize
vi:civilize
zh:civilize

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