verb, often capitalized

Definition of darwinize

intransitive verb

: to think in Darwinian terms or ways a philosopher with a tendency to Darwinize

transitive verb

: to convert to or imbue with a Darwinian point of view Ibsen was Darwinized to the extent of exploiting heredity on the stage— G. B. Shaw

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First Known Use of darwinize

1867, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for darwinize

C. R. Darwin + English -ize

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“Darwinize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/darwinize. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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