Having a high state of culture and development both social and technological:
— Terrorist acts that shocked the civilized world.
Marked by refinement in taste and manners.
Moby thesaurus: Christian, abstruse, advanced, ameliorated, beautified, becoming, befitting, bettered, bland, comme il faut, conforming, converted, correct, cultivated, cultured, dainty, decent, deep, delicate, developed ... show more.
Teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment.
Roget 894: be courteous etc. adj.; show courtesy etc. n.. mind one's P's and Q's, behave oneself, be all things to all men, conciliate, speak one fair, take in good part; make the amiable, do the amiable; ... show more
Raise from a barbaric to a civilized state:
— The wild child found wandering in the forest was gradually civilized.
Moby thesaurus: acculturate, advance, ameliorate, amend, anthropomorphize, better, boost, bring forward, broaden, broaden the mind, catechize, demonstrate, direct, domesticate, edify, educate, elevate, emend, enhance, enlighten ... show more.
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