Synonyms Examples Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com verb (used with object), civ·i·lized, civ·i·liz·ing. to bring out of a savage, uneducated, or rude state; make civil; elevate in social and private life; enlighten; refine: Rome civilized the barbarians.
, especially British civ·i·lise. Origin of civilize 1595–1605;
-ize Related forms civ·i·liz·a·ble, adjective civ·i·liz·a·to·ry , [siv- uh- lahy-z uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˌsɪv əˈlaɪ zəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ adjective civ·i·liz·er, noun de·civ·i·lize, verb (used with object), de·civ·i·lized, de·civ·i·liz·ing. non·civ·i·liz·a·ble, adjective o·ver·civ·i·lize, verb, o·ver·civ·i·lized, o·ver·civ·i·liz·ing. un·civ·i·liz·a·ble, adjective un·civ·i·lize, verb (used with object), un·civ·i·lized, un·civ·i·liz·ing.
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Examples from the Web for decivilize Historical Examples Well, if we don't get a planetary monarchy to keep order, this planet will decivilize like anything in the Old Federation. Then they started to decivilize, down to the pre-mechanical level—wind and water power and animal power. British Dictionary definitions for decivilize to bring out of savagery or barbarism into a state characteristic of civilization to refine, educate, or enlighten Derived Forms civilizable or civilisable, adjective civilizer or civiliser, noun
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Word Origin and History for decivilize civilize v.
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.
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