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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

... mere boys to equal themselves to me. The difficulty is greater, because when I do ask their opinions I only receive the reply, "It is as you please, sir." Very likely some men of character may arise and lead them; but such as I have would do little to civilise. ...
— The Last Journals of David Livingstone, in Central Africa, from 1865 to His Death, Volume I (of 2), 1866-1868 • David Livingstone

... true enough that the captives, when once brought home to Spain, were treated, under his orders, with all kindness; his own wish seems to have been to use this man-hunting traffic as a means to Christianise and civilise the native tribes, to win over the whole by the education of a few prisoners. But his captains did not always aim so high. The actual seizure of the captives—Moors and Negroes—along the coast of Guinea, was as barbarous and as ruthless as most slave-drivings. There ...
— Prince Henry the Navigator, the Hero of Portugal and of Modern Discovery, 1394-1460 A.D. • C. Raymond Beazley

... student's dream; Attracts, when History's volumes are a toil— The first, the freshest bud of Feeling's soil. Such was this rude rhyme—rhyme is of the rude, But such inspired the Norseman's solitude, Who came and conquer'd; such, wherever rise Lands which no foes destroy or civilise, Exist; and what can our accomplish'd art Of verse do more than ...
— The Crown of Wild Olive • John Ruskin

... in exchange but palm-oil and similar produce. If the slave trade is put down—and when I was on that coast its days seemed already numbered—that enterprising and plucky Frenchman will have done more to civilise those countries than all the more violent measures have accomplished. I was very glad to notice his action, and gave him the heartiest encouragement to persevere in it. The courtyard of the station was already full of casks of palm-oil, ...
— Memoirs • Prince De Joinville

... think for the few hours during which they are not at work, who in short spend almost their whole lives in doing work which is not proper for developing them body and mind in some worthy way? You cannot educate, you cannot civilise men, unless you can give them a share ...
— Hopes and Fears for Art • William Morris

... quand j'ai vu comment travaille le nouveau, Quand j'ai vu flamboyer, ciel juste! a mon niveau, Cette torche lugubre, apre, jamais eteinte, Sombre, que vous nommez l'Inquisition sainte; Quand j'ai pu voir comment Torquemada s'y prend Pour dissiper la nuit du sauvage ignorant, Comment il civilise, et de quelle maniere Le saint office enseigne et fait de la lumiere; Quand j'ai vu dans Lima d'affreux geants d'osier, Pleins d'enfants, petiller sur un large brasier, Et le feu devorer la vie, ...
— La Legende des Siecles • Victor Hugo

... never forget it, and drove through the wealds and the charts, called, as Mr. Jones tells me, from the charters, and see a chapel built by Porteus to civilise some of the wicked ones of the wealds or wilds, and Ireton's house, [Footnote: Groombridge Place.] where some say Cromwell lived, now belonging to Perkins the brewer. Then "see to the right that rich ...
— The Life and Letters of Maria Edgeworth, Vol. 2 • Maria Edgeworth

... child I had been neglected for the firstborn, I had enjoyed through this neglect an absolute freedom with regard to associating with fisher-boys and all the shoeless, hatless 'sea-pups' of the sands, and now, when the time had come to civilise me, my mother had found that it was too late. I was bohemian to the core. My childish intercourse with Winifred had been one of absolute equality, and I could not now divest myself of this relation. These were my thoughts as I listened to ...
— Aylwin • Theodore Watts-Dunton

... I have much faith in leagues," returned Sir William. "I am a lost individualist. Let everyone try to civilise himself; depend upon it, it's the best work he can do for the ...
— Our Friend the Charlatan • George Gissing

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

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