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[kris-chuh-nahyz] /ˈkrɪs tʃəˌnaɪz/
verb (used with object), Christianized, Christianizing.
to make Christian.
to imbue with Christian principles.
Also, especially British, Christianise.
Origin of Christianize
First recorded in 1585-95; Christian + -ize
Related forms
Christianization, noun
Christianizer, noun
de-Christianize, verb, de-Christianized, de-Christianizing. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Historical Examples
  • They are making great exertions to christianise the class of workmen, the great majority of whom are not even nominally believers.

  • All the efforts of the padrés to christianise either one or the other had been in vain.

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
  • It would still be advisable to "humanise the governors of prisons, to civilise the warders, and to christianise the Chaplains."

  • He has a mission, and will fulfil it, and that mission is to christianise!!

    General Gordon Seton Churchill
  • This attempt of the Romans to christianise Northumbria was, however, of short duration.

  • Poor stuff this to educate their children and to civilise and christianise their parents.

    Gipsy Life George Smith
  • The whole account of the Grail reads like a not-too-successful attempt to christianise a purely pagan legend.

    Parzival (vol. 1 of 2) Wolfram von Eschenback
  • In Norway the problem was how to christianise and organise the land, and Canute had no great part in either.

    Canute the Great Laurence Marcellus Larson
  • Be a moralist of the mount, an Epictetus in the faith, and christianise thy notions.

British Dictionary definitions for christianise


verb (transitive)
to make Christian or convert to Christianity
to imbue with Christian principles, spirit, or outlook
Derived Forms
Christianization, Christianisation, noun
Christianizer, Christianiser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for christianise



1590s, from Christian + -ize. Originally intransitive as well as transitive. Related: Christianized; christianizing; christianization.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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