C c


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [siv-uh-lahyz]
    • /ˈsɪv əˌlaɪz/
    • /ˈsɪv.ɪ.laɪz/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [siv-uh-lahyz]
    • /ˈsɪv əˌlaɪz/

Definitions of civilizing word

  • adjective civilizing bringing a higher state of culture and social development 3
  • verb with object civilizing to bring out of a savage, uneducated, or rude state; make civil; elevate in social and private life; enlighten; refine: Rome civilized the barbarians. 1
  • noun civilizing Present participle of civilize. 1

Information block about the term

Origin of civilizing

First appearance:

before 1595
One of the 38% oldest English words
1595-1605; < French civiliser; see civil, -ize

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Civilizing


civilizing popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 65% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 61% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

civilizing usage trend in Literature

This diagram is provided by Google Ngram Viewer

Synonyms for civilizing

adj civilizing

  • edifying — to instruct or benefit, especially morally or spiritually; uplift: religious paintings that edify the viewer.
  • refining — to bring to a fine or a pure state; free from impurities: to refine metal, sugar, or petroleum.
  • educational — pertaining to education.
  • intellectual — appealing to or engaging the intellect: intellectual pursuits.

adjective civilizing

  • cultural — Cultural means relating to a particular society and its ideas, customs, and art.

Top questions with civilizing

  • what was another name for the civilizing mission?
  • what was a civilizing mission?

See also

Matching words

Was this page helpful?
Yes No
Thank you for your feedback! Tell your friends about this page
Tell us why?