[ sem-ee-siv-uh-lahyzd, sem-ahy- ]

  1. half or partly civilized.

Origin of semicivilized

First recorded in 1830–40; semi- + civilized

Other words from semicivilized

  • sem·i·civ·i·li·za·tion, noun

Words Nearby semicivilized Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use semicivilized in a sentence

  • But here the semicivilized, superstitious, rather dirty, fourteenth and fifteenth century person has gone.

    English Costume | Dion Clayton Calthrop
  • The city was nothing more than a semicivilized settlement of little, flat‑topped stone houses.

    The Fire People | Ray Cummings
  • You know Nerado mentioned several times the 'semicivilized fishes of the greater deeps'?

    Triplanetary | Edward Elmer Smith
  • Most of the foreign goods are of a class which must, I think, be manufactured only for export to a semicivilized country.

    A Glimpse at Guatemala | Anne Cary Maudslay
  • There are no rival claims to lay hold of unoccupied or semicivilized territories in other parts of the world.