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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Civ·i·lize v. t. [imp. & p. p. Civilized p. pr. & vb. n. Civilizing.]
 1. 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.   --Dryden
 2. To admit as suitable to a civilized state. [Obs. or R.] Civilizing adultery.”
 Syn: -- To polish; refine; humanize.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Civ·i·lized a. Reclaimed from savage life and manners; instructed in arts, learning, and civil manners; refined; cultivated.
    Sale of conscience and duty in open market is not reconcilable with the present state of civilized society.   --J. Quincy.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: having a high state of culture and development both social
             and technological; "terrorist acts that shocked the
             civilized world" [syn: civilised] [ant: noncivilized]
      2: marked by refinement in taste and manners; "cultivated
         speech"; "cultured Bostonians"; "cultured tastes"; "a
         genteel old lady"; "polite society" [syn: civilised, cultivated,
          cultured, genteel, polite]