civilized

[siv-uh-lahyzd]
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adjective
  1. having an advanced or humane culture, society, etc.
  2. polite; well-bred; refined.
  3. of or relating to civilized people: The civilized world must fight ignorance.
  4. easy to manage or control; well organized or ordered: The car is quiet and civilized, even in sharp turns.

Origin of civilized

First recorded in 1605–15; civilize + -ed2
Related formsciv·i·liz·ed·ness [siv-uh-lahy-zid-nis, -lahyzd] /ˈsɪv əˌlaɪ zɪd nɪs, -ˌlaɪzd/, nounhalf-civ·il·ized, adjectivehy·per·civ·i·lized, adjectivenon·civ·i·lized, adjectivesub·civ·i·lized, adjectivesu·per·civ·i·lized, adjectiveul·tra·civ·i·lized, adjectivewell-civ·i·lized, adjective

civilize

[siv-uh-lahyz]
verb (used with object), civ·i·lized, civ·i·liz·ing.
  1. to bring out of a savage, uneducated, or rude state; make civil; elevate in social and private life; enlighten; refine: Rome civilized the barbarians.
Also especially British, civ·i·lise.

Origin of civilize

1595–1605; < French civiliser; see civil, -ize
Related formsciv·i·liz·a·ble, adjectiveciv·i·liz·a·to·ry [siv-uh-lahy-zuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˌsɪv əˈlaɪ zəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectiveciv·i·liz·er, nounde·civ·i·lize, verb (used with object), de·civ·i·lized, de·civ·i·liz·ing.non·civ·i·liz·a·ble, adjectiveo·ver·civ·i·lize, verb, o·ver·civ·i·lized, o·ver·civ·i·liz·ing.un·civ·i·liz·a·ble, adjectiveun·civ·i·lize, verb (used with object), un·civ·i·lized, un·civ·i·liz·ing.

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civilized

civilised

adjective
  1. having a high state of culture and social development
  2. cultured; politea civilized discussion

civilize

civilise

verb (tr)
  1. to bring out of savagery or barbarism into a state characteristic of civilization
  2. to refine, educate, or enlighten
Derived Formscivilizable or civilisable, adjectivecivilizer or civiliser, noun
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Word Origin and History for civilized
adj.

1610s, past participle adjective from civilize.

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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