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Teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment.  Synonyms: civilize, cultivate, educate, school, train.  "Train your tastebuds" , "She is well schooled in poetry"
Raise from a barbaric to a civilized state.  Synonym: civilize.

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"Civilise" Quotes from Famous Books

... now carried on under Government supervision, and the slave trade is a great one, but not great enough to please sensitive people. In Samoa the missionaries are not allowed by the company to teach these poor savages religion, or to do anything to civilise them and raise them from their monkey-like ignorance. But in other respects the company is not a bad master, and treats its people pretty well. The system, however, is one that cannot be defended and must sooner or later ...
— The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 18 (of 25) • Robert Louis Stevenson

... they quarrelled over the small comforts his little income brought them yearly from the South. He had been doctor, lawyer, judge among them, although he interfered little in the larger disputes, and was forced to shut his eyes to intertribal enmities. He had no deep faith that he could quite civilise them; he knew that their conversion was only on the surface, and he fell back on his personal influence with them. By this he could check even the excesses of the worst man in the tribe, his old enemy, Silver Tassel of the bad ...
— The Judgment House • Gilbert Parker

... friends that Radama the First—that wise king who had been so fond of the English, and had done so much to aid the missionaries, abolish the slave-trade, and civilise his people—had, among other changes, remodelled his army after the British pattern, and had obtained the services of non-commissioned officers from the Mauritius to drill his troops. These organised them into divisions, brigades, regiments, companies, etcetera, and as they found no native words ...
— The Fugitives - The Tyrant Queen of Madagascar • R.M. Ballantyne

Words linked to "Civilise" :   alter, fine-tune, modify, down, refine, change, sophisticate, civilisation, polish

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