Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb civilize

2 senses of civilize

Sense 1
educate, school, train, cultivate, civilize, civilise -- (teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment; "Cultivate your musical taste"; "Train your tastebuds"; "She is well schooled in poetry")
       => polish, refine, fine-tune, down -- (improve or perfect by pruning or polishing; "refine one's style of writing")

Sense 2
civilize, civilise -- (raise from a barbaric to a civilized state; "The wild child found wandering in the forest was gradually civilized")
       => change, alter, modify -- (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue")

Antonyms of adj civilized

2 senses of civilized

Sense 1
civilized (vs. noncivilized), civilised -- (having a high state of culture and development both social and technological; "terrorist acts that shocked the civilized world")

noncivilized (vs. civilized), noncivilised -- (not having a high state of culture and social development)
        => barbarian, barbaric, savage, uncivilized, uncivilised, wild -- (without civilizing influences; "barbarian invaders"; "barbaric practices"; "a savage people"; "fighting is crude and uncivilized especially if the weapons are efficient"-Margaret Meade; "wild tribes")
        => barbarous -- (primitive in customs and culture)
        => preliterate, nonliterate -- (used of a society that has not developed writing)
        => primitive -- (used of preliterate or tribal or nonindustrial societies; "primitive societies")

Sense 2
civilized, civilised, cultivated, cultured, genteel, polite -- (marked by refinement in taste and manners; "cultivated speech"; "cultured Bostonians"; "cultured tastes"; "a genteel old lady"; "polite society")

INDIRECT (VIA refined) -> unrefined -- ((used of persons and their behavior) not refined; uncouth; "how can a refined girl be drawn to such an unrefined man?")

Similarity of adj civilized

2 senses of civilized

Sense 1
civilized (vs. noncivilized), civilised -- (having a high state of culture and development both social and technological; "terrorist acts that shocked the civilized world")
       => advanced -- ((of societies) highly developed especially in technology or industry; "advanced societies"; "an advanced country technologically")
       => civil -- (of or in a condition of social order; "civil peoples")
       => humane -- (showing evidence of moral and intellectual advancement)
          Also See-> educated#1; refined#1

Sense 2
civilized, civilised, cultivated, cultured, genteel, polite -- (marked by refinement in taste and manners; "cultivated speech"; "cultured Bostonians"; "cultured tastes"; "a genteel old lady"; "polite society")
       => refined (vs. unrefined) -- ((used of persons and their behavior) cultivated and genteel; "she was delicate and refined and unused to hardship"; "refined people with refined taste")

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