Humanize
Humanize Hu"man*ize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Humanized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Humanizing}.] [Cf. F. humaniser.] 1. To render human or humane; to soften; to make gentle by overcoming cruel dispositions and rude habits; to refine or civilize. [Also spelled {humanise}.] [1913 Webster]

Was it the business of magic to humanize our natures with compassion? --Addison. [1913 Webster]

2. To give a human character or expression to. ``Humanized divinities.'' --Caird. [1913 Webster]

3. (Med.) To convert into something human or belonging to man; as, to humanize vaccine lymph. [1913 Webster]


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