si·​ni·​cize ˈsī-nə-ˌsīz How to pronounce sinicize (audio)
sinicized; sinicizing
often capitalized

transitive verb

: to modify by Chinese influence

Examples of sinicize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Despite these periodic confrontations, the Chinese efforts to sinicize different religious groups remain undeterred and continue as part of a system-wide effort to make the CCP and its value system all-pervasive in every citizen’s life. Jianli Yang, National Review, 14 July 2021

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Word History


Medieval Latin sinicus Chinese, from Late Latin Sinae, plural, Chinese — more at sino-

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sinicize was in 1889

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Cite this Entry

“Sinicize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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