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He made you city dwellers and civilized you with good laws and customs.

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.

An Army veteran looks at the fall of Mosul and recalls his own time there trying to civilize the land with guns and money.

It means destroying Bedouin villages in the place where Jews civilize the desert.

Consider it part of the mission to civilize, a necessary part of the process to start solving problems again in Washington.

In the old days, colonial occupiers had what the French called “a mission to civilize.”

A person who had resided some time on the coast of Africa, was asked if he thought it possible to civilize the natives?

Nothing but slavery ever partially civilized him, nothing but slavery continued in some form can civilize him further!

But our object in the country is to civilize and Christianize the Indian tribes among whom we are located.

Are they useful men helping to civilize and elevate their less fortunate fellows?

History furnishes us with abundant and specific evidence of his capacity to civilize and Christianize.


On this page you'll find 50 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to civilize, such as: acquaint, enlighten, ennoble, humanize, idealize, and refine.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.