civilize civilize  /ˈsɪ və ˌlaɪz/


  1. (v) teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment
  2. (v) raise from a barbaric to a civilized state



  1. America's second president, John Adams, said, "The Jews have done more to civilize men than any other Nation. They are the most glorious Nation that ever inhabited the earth. The Romans and their Empire were but a bauble in comparison to the Jews....
    on Jan 18, 2008 By: John Adams Source: WorldNetDaily

  2. And president-they would know, if they knew history, that President McKinley said, "We're going into the Philippines to civilize and Christianize the Filipinos."
    on Nov 24, 2006 By: William McKinley Source: Democracy Now

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