• "We may live without friends, we may live without books, But civilized man cannot live without cooks"
    "We may live without friends, we may live without books, But civilized man cannot live without cooks"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v civilize raise from a barbaric to a civilized state "The wild child found wandering in the forest was gradually civilized"
    • v civilize 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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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Civil War in the United States elevated the popularity of coffee to new heights. Soldiers went to war with coffee beans as a primary ration.
    • Civilize To admit as suitable to a civilized state. "Civilizing adultery."
    • Civilize To reclaim from a savage state; to instruct in the rules and customs of civilization; to educate; to refine. "Yet blest that fate which did his arms dispose
      Her land to civilize , as to subdue."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The total number of Americans killed in the Civil War is greater than the combined total of Americans killed in all other wars.
    • civilize To reclaim from a savage or semi-barbarous state; introduce order and civic organization among; refine and enlighten; elevate in social and individual life.
    • civilize To make subject to a civil instead of a criminal process.
    • civilize To place under civil, as opposed to military, control; transfer from military to civil control.
    • civilize To behave civilly or with propriety.
    • civilize Also civilise.
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  • William J. Durant
    “No man who is in a hurry is quite civilized.”
  • Robin Wood
    Robin Wood
    “One might say that the true subject of the horror genre is the struggle for recognition of all that our civilization represses and oppresses.”
  • Walter Lippmann
    “When men can no longer be theists, they must, if they are civilized, become humanists.”
  • Theodor Reik
    Theodor Reik
    “In our civilization, men are afraid that they will not be men enough and women are afraid that they might be considered only women.”
  • Victor Hugo
    “Jesus wept; Voltaire smiled. From that divine tear and from that human smile is derived the grace of present civilization.”
  • Aharon Appelfeld
    Aharon Appelfeld
    “The writer in western civilization has become not a voice of his tribe, but of his individuality. This is a very narrow-minded situation.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. civilizer, fr.L. civilis, civil. See Civil


In literature:

The effect of such a state of things upon our civilization is easy to be seen.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 6, No 2, August, 1864" by Various
Some 30,000 Negroes served in the Navy, about 25 percent of its total Civil War strength.
"Integration of the Armed Forces, 1940-1965" by Morris J. MacGregor Jr.
Beowulf was a civilized planet, and you didn't raid civilized planets, not and get away with it.
"Space Viking" by Henry Beam Piper
Other colored men in the Departmental Civil Service at Washington have obtained patents for valuable inventions.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 2, 1917" by Various
The passion of civil war broke fiercely out on the field.
"History of the English People, Volume III (of 8)" by John Richard Green
Then all the tensions and inhibitions of civilized society disappear.
"The Psychology of Nations" by G.E. Partridge
The British soldiers and sailors, who were still in possession, he found rude and insolent, but the returning refugees civil and honest people.
"Albert Gallatin" by John Austin Stevens
The Civil War was waged, in the last analysis, to determine which of the two theories should prevail.
"The Governments of Europe" by Frederic Austin Ogg
Fourscore years have passed, and her plan has been adopted throughout the civilized world.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
It is not consonant with the stage of civilization we are at the moment passing through.
"The Task of Social Hygiene" by Havelock Ellis

In poetry:

With sightless eyes they pored on books,
And scrawled on many a sheet
Their regimental strokes and hooks,
And stalked about with pompous looks,
Top-hatted, in the civil street.
"The Faun" by John Le Gay Brereton
What phrases mean you do not need to learn;
We must be civil, and they serve our turn
"Your most obedient humble" means--means what?
Something the well-bred signer just is not.
"To Rutherford Birchard Hayes" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
She dreams beneath thy sacred shades were peace,
Thy bays might even the civil storm repel;
Reviews thy social bliss, thy learned ease,
And with no cheerful accent cries, Farewell!
"Elegy XVII. He Indulges the Suggestions of Spleen.-- An Elegy to the Winds" by William Shenstone
Ruddy of cheek is John and bright of eye;
But John it appears has none of your grins and winks;
Civil enough, but short: perhaps he thinks:
Words come once in a mile, and always dry.
"Moonset" by Sir Henry Newbolt
'Speak the word, and, master mine,
As we charged on Tilly's line,
And his Walloon lancers,
Smiting through their midst we'll teach
Civil look and decent speech
To these boyish prancers!'
"Barclay Of Ury" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Doll Howard no longer with His Highness must range,
And therefore is proferred this civil exchange:
Her teeth being rotten, she smells best below,
And needs must be fitted for Signior Dildo.
"Signior Dildo" by Lord John Wilmot

In news:

Bridgeton's beheaded Civil War statue restoration starts.
"I PURITANI," an 1835 opera set during the English Civil War, was the last work written by the Sicilian-born composer Vincenzo Bellini .
We are asking for your help in a major civil liberties case which will be an important step exposing further suppressions of democratic liberties.
Debates over free expression and educating the young are as old as our civilization.
Less grandiose than Newport and more civilized than the Adirondacks, the bucolic Berkshires have been home to artists, writers, and wealthy society folk since the mid-19th century.
A Civil Rights Watershed in Biloxi , Mississippi.
Civil rights advocates say S-Comm reforms are spin, part of bigger FBI biometric tracking plan.
Scott's Miracle Gro has settled civil and criminal charges that is used illegal pesticides in bird food .
And for the lives of billions of other sentient beings in Mass Effect 3, in which the Reapers have finally arrived to destroy entire civilizations.
BAM film documents Mizrahi civil rights movement of the '70s, though inequities still resonate for Jews from Arab countries.
(AP) _ A Civil War battlefield in northeast Kansas has been designated as a National Historic Landmark.
Civil War music will be revisited by Federal City Brass Band at Fort Monroe.
'Did you know that East Tennessee tried to withdraw from its home state to side with the Union in the Civil War.
Finally, after decades of catastrophic civil war in Sudan, Africa may give birth to a new nation.
The Medgar Evers Assassination Perhaps the most significant martyr in the struggle for civil rights prior to Dr Martin Luther King's assassination, Medgar Evers galvanized the civil rights movement in his life and also in his death.

In science:

The typical intelligent observers would be the citizens of the advanced and very advanced civilizations who would ‘own’ the galaxy.
Brane Worlds, the Subanthropic Principle and the Undetectability Conjecture
Observe that the Subanthropic Principle is almost equivalent to the proposal that, at present, all typical galaxies of the Universe are already colonized (or large regions of them) by advanced, or very advanced, civilizations, a small proportion of their individuals belonging to primitive subcivilizations, like ours.
Brane Worlds, the Subanthropic Principle and the Undetectability Conjecture
Whether the primitive subcivilizations know or ignore their low status will, most likely, depend on the ethical standards of the advanced civilization in which they are immersed.
Brane Worlds, the Subanthropic Principle and the Undetectability Conjecture
However, there is not a single proof or indication that the ethical development of a civilization or an individual, grows in parallel with their level of material well-being or with their technological and scientific development.
Brane Worlds, the Subanthropic Principle and the Undetectability Conjecture
One may also argue that advanced aggressive civilizations must annihilate themselves, what seems a sensible guess.
Brane Worlds, the Subanthropic Principle and the Undetectability Conjecture