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Melioration   Listen

The act of relieving ills and changing for the better.  Synonyms: amelioration, betterment.
A condition superior to an earlier condition.  Synonym: improvement.
The linguistic process in which over a period of time a word grows more positive in connotation or more elevated in meaning.

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"Melioration" Quotes from Famous Books

... the condition of the Aborigines of Australia as it appears to have existed from time immemorial it will not be irrelevant to examine what change or melioration of their social state is likely to arise from the settlement of a ...
— Journals Of Two Expeditions Of Discovery In North-West And Western Australia, Vol. 2 (of 2) • George Grey

... as a providential instrument the melioration of mankind, its progress and diffusion that of other causes by which human life is improved diversity is not greater, nor the advance more slow, in than we find it to be in learning, liberty, government, laws. The Deity hath ...
— Evidences of Christianity • William Paley

... positive phase of things—we must consider what has actually been done; not merely what remains to be done. We must adopt proportionate standards, not the little measures of to-day and yesterday, in which the tides of human melioration may oscillate, and even seem to flow backward and at the best to make slight headway. But take up the cycle of history that preceded the advent of Christianity, and compare it with the present period; ...
— Humanity in the City • E. H. Chapin

Words linked to "Melioration" :   meliorate, status, development, condition, renovation, refurbishment, reformation, restoration, drift, improvement, decline, amelioration

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