decivilize


decivilize

verb (used with object), civ·i·lized, civ·i·liz·ing.

  1. to bring out of a savage, uneducated, or rude state; make civil; elevate in social and private life; enlighten; refine: Rome civilized the barbarians.

verb (tr)

  1. to bring out of savagery or barbarism into a state characteristic of civilization
  2. to refine, educate, or enlighten
v.

c.1600, “to bring out of barbarism,” from French civiliser, verb from Old French civil (adj.), from Latin civilis “relating to a citizen, relating to public life, befitting a citizen; popular, affable, courteous” (see civil). Meaning “become civilized” is from 1868. Related: Civilized; civilizing.

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