'sɪvɪlaɪzd adj. +having a high state of culture and development both social and technological +marked by refinement in taste and manners civilizes|civilized|civilizing'sɪvɪlaɪz verb +train to be discriminative in taste or judgment +raise from a barbaric to a civilized state
The claim that they civilized the Aborigines means only that they forced them to conform to the White man's notion of civilization.
Advanced English Dictionary
(BrE also civilised) +adjective 1 well-organized socially with a very developed culture and way of life: the civilized world + rising crime in our so-called civilized societies + civilized peoples 2 having laws and customs that are fair and morally acceptable: No civilized country should allow such terrible injustices. 3 having or showing polite and reasonable behaviour: We couldn't even have a civilized conversation any more. 4 typical of a comfortable and pleasant way of life: Breakfast on the terrace-how civilized! + Let's go somewhere civilized and have a meal. Antonym: UNCIVILIZED
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