First recorded in 1590–1600; Babel + -ize (Source: dictionary.com)
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Cyril Tourneur (d. 1626), writer and soldier. From Babel + -ize. (Source: lexico.com)
Definitions of Babelize
verb (used with object)
- to make a confusion of (customs, languages, usages, etc.); cause to be mixed or unintelligible; confound.
- To make characteristic of Babel; to bring into a state of confusion; especially to render (language or a language) incoherent or unintelligible.
- : to confuse especially through the mingling of markedly different languages and cultures : confound the mounting needs of intercourse between Babelized peoples— A. D. Sheffield
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