verb (used with object), Chris·tian·ized, Chris·tian·iz·ing.

to make Christian.
to imbue with Christian principles.

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of christianize

Historical Examples of christianize

  • He was not seeking to christianize the natives; that was a plausible subterfuge.

    Aztec Land

    Maturin M. Ballou

  • Christianize Rome, and you impart the very principle of endurance, of immortality.


    William Ware

  • To socialize and Christianize half the people of the world is the task of centuries.


    Henry Kalloch Rowe

  • Was it possible to teach them right and wrong, to Christianize, or even to civilize them?

  • Can nothing be done to christianize the ferocious tribes of the Andamans?

British Dictionary definitions for christianize



verb (tr)

to make Christian or convert to Christianity
to imbue with Christian principles, spirit, or outlook
Derived FormsChristianization or Christianisation, nounChristianizer or Christianiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for christianize

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

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