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[sem-ee-siv-uh-lahyzd, sem-ahy-] /ˌsɛm iˈsɪv əˌlaɪzd, ˌsɛm aɪ-/
half or partly civilized.
Origin of semicivilized
First recorded in 1830-40; semi- + civilized
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semicivilization, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The city was nothing more than a semicivilized settlement of little, flat‑topped stone houses.

    The Fire People Ray Cummings
  • There are no rival claims to lay hold of unoccupied or semicivilized territories in other parts of the world.

  • You know Nerado mentioned several times the 'semicivilized fishes of the greater deeps'?

    Triplanetary Edward Elmer Smith
  • But here the semicivilized, superstitious, rather dirty, fourteenth and fifteenth century person has gone.

    English Costume Dion Clayton Calthrop
  • Most of the foreign goods are of a class which must, I think, be manufactured only for export to a semicivilized country.

    A Glimpse at Guatemala Anne Cary Maudslay

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