embetterment

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From embetter +‎ -ment.

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embetterment (plural embetterments)

  1. (obsolete, now used only as a nonstandard neologism) improvement, betterment
    • 1967 March 11, in a letter in the New York Times:
      The flagrant act by the House to exclude Powell only reveals how this session of the House is so blinded by that element in the Congress that surreptitiously rebels against the embetterment of all Americans, of all births.
    • 1994, Robyn Dane, When Mirror Turns Lamp: Frantz Fanon as Cultural Visionary, in Africa Today (second quarter, volume 41, issue 2), page 70:
      Since individual consciousness is cultural, it is acquired; since it is acquired, it can be improved, made just, and cultures are obliged to use it for their embetterment.
    • 2000 February 29, George Bush:
      I believe it's an opportunity for educators and parents to express their frustration to the embetterment of the public school system.
    • 2010, B. J. Davis, Fictionaut: Ordinary People
      Like my Pa, Josh willed all of his mortal remains to the embetterment of science.

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