Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To take over or adapt in the name of Christianity.
  • transitive verb To convert to Christianity.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To make Christian; convert to Christianity: as, to Christianize the heathen.
  • To imbue with Christian principles.
  • To follow or profess Christianity; to approach the character of a Christian.
  • Also spelled Christianise.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To make Christian; to convert to Christianity.
  • transitive verb To imbue with or adapt to Christian principles.
  • intransitive verb To adopt the character or belief of a Christian; to become Christian.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To make Christian.
  • verb To cause to convert to Christianity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb convert to Christianity
  • verb adapt in the name of Christianity

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Christian +‎ -ize

Examples

  • Will we Christianize, which is the only real way to Americanize, the Aliens?

    Aliens or Americans?

  • Bill had a dilemma once he got sober: the only place his alcoholic friends were recovering was the Oxford Group, an evangelical sect that had as their express goal to "Christianize" people.

    Jeff Witzeman: AA: The Magic Of Bill Wilson

  • Bill had a dilemma once he got sober: the only place his alcoholic friends were recovering was the Oxford Group, an evangelical sect that had as their express goal to "Christianize" people.

    AA: The Magic Of Bill Wilson

  • How I wish these nimrods would stop wasting $$$$ trying to 'Christianize' everyone -- especially with their own, exclusive brand of Christianity!

    RELIGION Blog | dallasnews.com

  • Why look at just that round and not round one and see where it all started- with the blind support of Israel, support for dictators and America's evangelical desire to "Christianize" the Middle East, that has been going on for decades except for the bible-thumping that started this decade!

    TEXAS FAITH: How can religious leaders keep Fort Hood incident from creating fear, tension and misunderstanding? | RELIGION Blog | dallasnews.com

  • Bill had a dilemma once he got sober: the only place his alcoholic friends were recovering was the Oxford Group, an evangelical sect that had as their express goal to "Christianize" people.

    Jeff Witzeman: AA: The Magic Of Bill Wilson

  • He's the President who went to war against Spain on false pretenses, and then decided to turn the Philippines into a U.S. colony rather than allow it independence so that he could "Christianize" its predominately Catholic inhabitants, leading to a three-year insurrection that cost the lives of more than 4,000 American troops and 220,000 Filipinos.

    McCain Compares Obama To William Jennings Bryan

  • How I wish these nimrods would stop wasting $$$$ trying to 'Christianize' everyone -- especially with their own, exclusive brand of Christianity!

    RELIGION Blog | dallasnews.com

  • How I wish these nimrods would stop wasting $$$$ trying to 'Christianize' everyone -- especially with their own, exclusive brand of Christianity!

    RELIGION Blog | The Dallas Morning News

  • Ah yes, the decision in 400 to 'Christianize' 'pagan' things since as Christ can cleanse all people, taking over a 'pagan' popular holiday and then giving it a new name involving the word Saint or something like that was very popular.

    Lynne's Soap Wonderland, Bunnies and Postcards

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