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synonyms for civilize

  • acquaint
  • enlighten
  • ennoble
  • humanize
  • idealize
  • refine
  • sophisticate
  • tame
  • acculturate
  • advance
  • better
  • cultivate
  • edify
  • educate
  • elevate
  • enrich
  • foster
  • improve
  • indoctrinate
  • inform
  • instruct
  • polish
  • promote
  • reclaim
  • spiritualize
  • uplift
  • ethicize
  • help forward
See also synonyms for: civilized / civilizing
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antonyms for civilize

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  • mislead
  • condemn
  • decrease
  • demote
  • hurt
  • ignore
  • learn
  • neglect
  • worsen
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How to use civilize in a sentence

Sometimes it takes just one civilizing meal to make us feel like ourselves again.
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Alexander Stuart, the third interior secretary, once declared that the United States’ mission was to “civilize or exterminate” native people.
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A person who had resided some time on the coast of Africa, was asked if he thought it possible to civilize the natives?
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Nothing but slavery ever partially civilized him, nothing but slavery continued in some form can civilize him further!
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But our object in the country is to civilize and Christianize the Indian tribes among whom we are located.
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Are they useful men helping to civilize and elevate their less fortunate fellows?
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History furnishes us with abundant and specific evidence of his capacity to civilize and Christianize.
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With the exception of the railway I am not aware that any attempts have been made to civilize the Manchus.
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Mendoza the better to civilize these turbulent tribes, chose a site for a city in the midst of their population.
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His aim was to civilize the people whom he had conquered--to rule not by force but by law.
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WORDS RELATED TO CIVILIZE

  • assimilate
  • civilize
  • cultivate
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