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The perceived calling of (former) imperial powers to introduce civilization into their colonies; specifically with reference to French colonial policy in Africa and Indo-China.
1920s; earliest use found in Mississippi Valley Historical Review. From French mission civilisatrice from mission + civilisatrice, feminine form corresponding to civilisateur from civiliser + -ateur.
mission civilisatrice/miːsˈjɒ̃ ˌsɪvɪliːzəˈtriːs/
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