civilize : Definition, Usages, News and More
- v teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment
- v raise from a barbaric to a civilized state
The wild child found wandering in the forest was gradually civilized
- John Adams in WorldNetDaily
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....
- William McKinley in Democracy Now
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."