(sĕm′ē-sĭv′ə-līzd′, sĕm′ī-)
Partly civilized.
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(ˌsɛmɪˈsɪvɪˌlaɪzd) or


half or partly civilized
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(ˌsɛm iˈsɪv əˌlaɪzd, ˌsɛm aɪ-)

half or partly civilized.
sem`i•civ`i•li•za′tion, n.
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"It is not best for America that her councils be dominated by semicivilized foreign colonies in Boston, New York, and Chicago," said Republican Rep.
Islamic terrorists, after all, murdered (i.e., put out of existence) nearly three thousand American individuals on 9/11 and have murdered many thousands more individuals in America and other parts of the semicivilized world since then.
(51) Coming from a culture that equated sanitation with civilization, British authorities routinely described "semicivilized" upcountry Boers as a "dirty, careless, lazy lot," who had lost the "instincts of their European forefathers" and whose habits would be "a disgrace to any European nation." (52) Even though the military context of South Africa generated a distinct set of strategic motivations for encampment, the discourses that justified wartime camps conformed to a familiar cultural framework of purity and pollution that underwrote earlier episodes of encampment.
Here, for example, is the anthropologist, Bronislaw Malinowski objecting to an assumption he finds in much discussion of what the British should be doing in Africa, namely, that "you can create at one go an entirely new order, that you can transform Africans into semicivilized pseudo-Europeans within a few years.
The semicivilized longitudes of Minas Gerais and also Goias have been held back, Benignus and Fronville lament, by the very mineral riches that had first brought them to prominence.
Semideveloped, semicolonial, semicivilized, brutal, tribal, and politically unstable are the stereotypes which caused a "virtually axiomatic" notion that "a negative self-perception hovers over the Balkans next to strongly disapproving and disparaging outside perceptions." (19) In Mamac, Albahari "supports" Todorova's main premise (writing therefore a novel which could have been written by any citizen of the former Yugoslavia), but sullenly concludes that not only do the imposed stereotypes reveal internal or external power positions, but that the essential understanding and communication are impossible.
As if the long-suffering, often-teetering home textiles industry didn't have enough on its tiny little mind, along comes 2004, the last year in which domestic manufacturers will be afforded even a modicum of protection from overseas supplies run rampant in a seemingly out-of-control mutant stream of imports from every corner of the semicivilized world.