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

Origin of semicivilized

First recorded in 1830–40; semi- + civilized
Related formssem·i·civ·i·li·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for semicivilized

Historical Examples of semicivilized

  • There are no rival claims to lay hold of unoccupied or semicivilized territories in other parts of the world.

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

    English Costume

    Dion Clayton Calthrop

  • 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

  • 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'?


    Edward Elmer Smith