Civilizing
Civilize Civ"i*lize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Civilized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Civilizing}.] [Cf. F. civilizer, fr.L. civilis civil. See {Civil}.] 1. To reclaim from a savage state; to instruct in the rules and customs of civilization; to educate; to refine. [1913 Webster]

Yet blest that fate which did his arms dispose Her land to civilize, as to subdue. --Dryden [1913 Webster]

2. To admit as suitable to a civilized state. [Obs. or R.] ``Civilizing adultery.'' --Milton.

Syn: To polish; refine; humanize. [1913 Webster]


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