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Synonyms for civilize

Synonyms for civilize

to fit for companionship with others, especially in attitude or manners

Synonyms for civilize

teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment

raise from a barbaric to a civilized state


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Mann's protagonist Yun Zhu used her monumental poetry anthology to show the success of the Qing court's project to civilize the border regions.
Chief among these are Frantz Fanon's Black Skins, White Masks (1952), George Lamming's The Pleasures of Exile (1960), and Edward Brathwaite's The Development of Creole Society in Jamaica (1971) and Contradictory Omens (1974) (7) In a review of Naipaul's The Enigma of Arrival, Derek Walcott makes a point that is equally applicable here: "There is the real enigma: that the provincial, the colonial, can never civilize himself beyond his province, no matter how deeply he immures himself in the woods of a villa outside Rome or in the leafy lanes of Edwardian England.