- 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 civilizer
As Governor of Cuba he was a vigorous colonizer and civilizer.
Wherever the Saxon has planted his foot, he has been a civilizer.Hanover; Or The Persecution of the Lowly
David Bryant Fulton
He was essentially a civilizer, in the sense of a vigilance posse.
Israel would be not only a conqueror, but a colonist and a civilizer.Discipline
These were the gods of Egypt, mother of the arts, and civilizer of the earth!From Egypt to Japan
Henry M. Field
- to bring out of savagery or barbarism into a state characteristic of civilization
- to refine, educate, or enlighten
Word Origin and History for civilizer
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.