- to cause to conform to the customs, traditions, beliefs, etc., of the Latins or the Latin Church.
- to intermix with Latin elements.
- to translate into Latin.
- to make Latin-American in character: The influx of Cuban immigrants has Latinized Miami.
- Romanize(def 3).
- to use words and phrases from Latin: He Latinizes in his poetry.
Also especially British, Lat·in·ise.
Origin of Latinize
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Examples from the Web for latinize
He would paganize, Latinize and Mediterraneanize the genius of Europe.Suspended Judgments
John Cowper Powys
The savants at that time were wont to latinize their names in their enthusiasm for the classics.The Story of Switzerland
He owed his aristocratic name to the custom, prevalent in those days, to Latinize all vulgar appellations.Essays on Scandinavian Literature
Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen
The second is better than the first: to Latinize the surname and not the Christian name is very unscholarlike.A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume I (of II)
Augustus De Morgan
It was not unusual with the old German authors to Latinize their names on the title-page of their books.Musical Myths and Facts, Volume I (of 2)
- to translate into Latin or Latinisms
- to transliterate into the Latin alphabet
- to cause to acquire Latin style or customs
- to bring Roman Catholic influence to bear upon (the form of religious ceremonies, etc)
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