Civilized vs Decivilize - What's the difference?

civilized | decivilize |

As an adjective civilized

is having a highly developed society or culture.

As a verb decivilize is

to make less civilized.



Alternative forms

* civilised (mostly British)


(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



    Alternative forms



  • To make less civilized.
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  • To become less civilized.
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