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Christianize

[kris-chuh-nahyz] /ˈkrɪs tʃəˌnaɪz/
verb (used with object), Christianized, Christianizing.
1.
to make Christian.
2.
to imbue with Christian principles.
Also, especially British, Christianise.
Origin of Christianize
1585-1595
First recorded in 1585-95; Christian + -ize
Related forms
Christianization, noun
Christianizer, noun
de-Christianize, verb, de-Christianized, de-Christianizing.
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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

Christianize

/ˈkrɪstʃəˌnaɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to make Christian or convert to Christianity
2.
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

christianize

v.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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