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verb (used with object), Chris·tian·ized, Chris·tian·iz·ing.
  1. to make Christian.
  2. to imbue with Christian principles.
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Also especially British, Chris·tian·ise.

Origin of Christianize

First recorded in 1585–95; Christian + -ize
Related formsChris·tian·i·za·tion, nounChris·tian·iz·er, nounde-Chris·tian·ize, verb, de-Chris·tian·ized, de-Chris·tian·iz·ing.
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Examples from the Web for christianise

Historical Examples

  • All the efforts of the padrés to christianise either one or the other had been in vain.

    The White Chief

    Mayne Reid

  • He has a mission, and will fulfil it, and that mission is to Christianise!!

    General Gordon

    Seton Churchill

  • Poor stuff this to educate their children and to civilise and Christianise their parents.

    Gipsy Life

    George Smith

  • They are making great exertions to christianise the class of workmen, the great majority of whom are not even nominally believers.

  • This attempt of the Romans to christianise Northumbria was, however, of short duration.

British Dictionary definitions for christianise



verb (tr)
  1. to make Christian or convert to Christianity
  2. to imbue with Christian principles, spirit, or outlook
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Derived FormsChristianization or Christianisation, nounChristianizer or Christianiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for christianise



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

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