- having an advanced or humane culture, society, etc.
- polite; well-bred; refined.
- of or relating to civilized people: The civilized world must fight ignorance.
- easy to manage or control; well organized or ordered: The car is quiet and civilized, even in sharp turns.
Origin of civilized
- to bring out of a savage, uneducated, or rude state; make civil; elevate in social and private life; enlighten; refine: Rome civilized the barbarians.
Origin of civilize
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Examples from the Web for civilized
The last six months have been a stark reminder of the brutality that lurks at the boundaries of civilized society.All Aboard the USS Persecution Complex
Candida Moss, Joel Baden
October 19, 2014
A mark of the civilized person is that he in no way luxuriates in his violence.Thank Goodness We’ve Got A Plan! Let the War Begin!
September 14, 2014
In any other civilized nation this effort at some kind of summer escape would barely raise an eyebrow.Obama’s Extravagant Summer Break? More Like, America’s Vacation-Deficit Disorder
August 10, 2014
An innocent person condemned by law is perhaps the most horrifying thing a civilized society can acknowledge.Crime Fighter’s Dilemma: My Country or My Family?
April 21, 2014
When I was lying between the two soldiers I remember saying to myself, ‘This shouldn’t be happening in a civilized society.Week in Death: The Peacemaker Priest
November 24, 2013
In every civilized nation the lawyers must be the law-givers.The Call of the Twentieth Century
David Starr Jordan
That is the civilized fashion; and is superfluous among savages.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
Abandon her not until you leave her in the habitations of civilized men.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
The Japanese are a civilizable and civilized race, and must be treated as such.The Sexual Question
Then shall I break upon the civilized world as a revelation.Cleo The Magnificent
- having a high state of culture and social development
- cultured; politea civilized discussion
- to bring out of savagery or barbarism into a state characteristic of civilization
- to refine, educate, or enlighten
Word Origin and History for civilized
1610s, past participle adjective from civilize.
c.1600, "to bring out of barbarism," from French civiliser, verb from Old French civil (adj.), from Latin civilis "relating to a citizen, relating to public life, befitting a citizen; popular, affable, courteous" (see civil). Meaning "become civilized" is from 1868. Related: Civilized; civilizing.