verb (used with object), civ·i·lized, civ·i·liz·ing.
- civilian review board,
Origin of civilize
Examples from the Web for decivilize
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.
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.