transitive verb, sometimes capitalized
south·​ern·​ize | \ -ˌnīz \

Definition of southernize

: to imbue with qualities native to or associated with a southern region and especially the southern states of the U.S.

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First Known Use of southernize

1857, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for southernize

southern + -ize

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“Southernize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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