3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Civilize \Civ"i*lize\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Civilized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Civilizing}.] [Cf. F. civilizer, fr.L. civilis civil. See {Civil}.]

1. To reclaim from a savage state; to instruct in the rules and customs of civilization; to educate; to refine.

Yet blest that fate which did his arms dispose Her land to civilize, as to subdue. --Dryden

2. To admit as suitable to a civilized state. [Obs. or R.] "Civilizing adultery." --Milton.

Syn: To polish; refine; humanize.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Civilized \Civ"i*lized\, adjective Reclaimed from savage life and manners; instructed in arts, learning, and civil manners; refined; cultivated.

Sale of conscience and duty in open market is not reconcilable with the present state of civilized society. --J. Quincy.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: having a high state of culture and development both social and technological; "terrorist acts that shocked the civilized world" [syn: {civilized}, {civilised}] [ant: {noncivilised}, {noncivilized}]

2: marked by refinement in taste and manners; "cultivated speech"; "cultured Bostonians"; "cultured tastes"; "a genteel old lady"; "polite society" [syn: {civilized}, {civilised}, {cultivated}, {cultured}, {genteel}, {polite}]

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