Definition of mission civilisatrice in English:

mission civilisatrice

noun

historical
  • 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.

Origin

1920s; earliest use found in Mississippi Valley Historical Review. From French mission civilisatrice from mission + civilisatrice, feminine form corresponding to civilisateur from civiliser + -ateur.

Pronunciation

mission civilisatrice

/miːsˈjɒ̃ ˌsɪvɪliːzəˈtriːs/