• WordNet 3.6
    • v civilise raise from a barbaric to a civilized state "The wild child found wandering in the forest was gradually civilized"
    • v civilise teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment "Cultivate your musical taste","Train your tastebuds","She is well schooled in poetry"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Civilise siv′il-īz to reclaim from barbarism: to instruct in arts and refinements
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  • Winston Churchill
    “Nothing can be more abhorrent to democracy than to imprison a person or keep him in prison because he is unpopular. This is really the test of civilisation.”


In literature:

Don Pablo had already passed the outskirts of civilisation.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
And to save time she has strained all the resources of civilisation.
"American Sketches" by Charles Whibley
The social aspects of the place will then no doubt improve under the higher civilisation introduced by a foreign element.
"From Paris to New York by Land" by Harry de Windt
Directly we scratch the surface and look for the beginning of applied arts, the lead takes us inevitably to the oldest civilisation.
"The Tapestry Book" by Helen Churchill Candee
In proportion as he is civilised, the civilised man can be depended on for two things.
"The Lost Art of Reading" by Gerald Stanley Lee
These things were done without reproach in the best periods of Greek and Roman civilisation.
"The Map of Life" by William Edward Hartpole Lecky
He ought to be hounded out of civilised society.
"The Trembling of a Leaf" by William Somerset Maugham
His house at Ferney became a sort of universal refuge and sanctuary for the persecuted persons of the civilised world.
"Suspended Judgments" by John Cowper Powys
The Afghan country comes now into great importance because it is on the highway of the march of Israelitish civilisation and progress.
"The Lost Ten Tribes, and 1882" by Joseph Wild
That this should be the main contribution of Christian to Pagan civilisation is one of the ironies of history.
"Appearances" by Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson

In poetry:

ASTOLFO. These strange bursts of savage malice
You should regulate, if you can;
Wild beasts are to civilised man
As rude mountains to a palace.
"Life Is A Dream - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
And this was a case, I am bound to confess,
Where civilisation went under;
Had one of the gins been less modest in dress
He’d never have made such a blunder.
"A Little Mistake" by Henry Lawson
Whene'er I read some savage tale
Of punishment devised
By tyrants in an olden day,
When serfs were victimised,
I reverently tell myself:-
"Thank God, we're civilised!"
"The Age of Reason" by C J Dennis
Still, when I read some savage tale
Of punishment devised
By tyrants of an olden day,
When serfs were victimised,
I feel it in my heart to say -
"Thank God, we're civilised."
"The Age of Reason" by C J Dennis
The horse in his stall turns away
From the hay-filled manger, dreaming of grass
Soft and cool in hollows. Does he neigh
Jealousy-words for John MacGuigan's ass
That never was civilised in stall or trace.
"April Dusk" by Patrick Kavanagh
Alas! now o'er the civilised world there hangs a gloom
For brave General Gordon, that was killed in Khartoum,
He was a Christian hero, and a soldier of the Cross,
And to England his death will be a very great loss.
"General Gordon, the Hero of Khartoum" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

With children, sometimes slow can be civilised .
WHY are the young so disappointing, when it comes to their manners, dress codes, or knowledge of the canon of Western civilisation.
It seems the only thing needed to pitch normally civilised people into barbarism is a trip to the airport, where people begin jumping queues, pushing and shoving, and generally behaving in all sorts of nasty ways.
Climate change led to decline of Maya civilisation.
Quite obviously, he insisted, modern civilisation was bad for people.

In science:

However the issue on this occasion is not the very long term future of life in the universe, but the more immediate question of the future of our own terrestrial civilisation in the next few centuries.
Anthropic principle in cosmology