Enlighten vs Civilized - What's the difference?

enlighten | civilized |


As a verb enlighten

is to supply with light; to illuminate; as, the sun enlightens the earth.

As an adjective civilized is

having a highly developed society or culture.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

enlighten

English

Verb

(en verb)
  • To supply with light; to illuminate; as, the sun enlightens the earth.
  • To make clear to the intellect or conscience; to shed the light of truth and knowledge upon; to furnish with increase of knowledge; to instruct; as, to enlighten the mind or understanding.
  • Antonyms

    * endarken

    civilized

    English

    Alternative forms

    * civilised (mostly British)

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Having a highly developed society or culture.
  • Showing evidence of moral and intellectual advancement; humane, reasonable, ethical.
  • Marked by refinement in taste and manners.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=5 citation , passage=A waiter brought his aperitif, which was a small scotch and soda, and as he sipped it gratefully he sighed.
       ‘Civilized ,’ he said to Mr. Campion. ‘Humanizing.’ […] ‘Cigars and summer days and women in big hats with swansdown face-powder, that's what it reminds me of.’}}

    See also

    * civil