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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. 2018.
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  • He was not seeking to Christianize the natives; that was a plausible subterfuge.

    Aztec Land Maturin M. Ballou
  • Christianize Rome, and you impart the very principle of endurance, of immortality.

    Aurelian William Ware
  • To socialize and Christianize half the people of the world is the task of centuries.

    Society Henry Kalloch Rowe
  • Was it possible to teach them right and wrong, to Christianize, or even to civilize them?

  • Can nothing be done to Christianize the ferocious tribes of the Andamans?

    The Wreck on the Andamans Joseph Darvall
  • An attempt is now being made to Christianize the Australian blacks.

  • A Christ-like spirit will Christianize everything it touches.

  • They had been sent out to Christianize the Indians, but Whitman was also to build a state.

    Then and Now Robert Vaughn
British Dictionary definitions for Christianize


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
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Word Origin and History for Christianize



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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