melioration

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin meliōrātiō.

Noun[edit]

melioration (countable and uncountable, plural meliorations)

  1. (archaic) An improvement, betterment or amelioration
    • 1860, True Worthy Hoit, The Right of American Slavery[1]:
      It would seem that the rise and progress of this Republic; the spread of our ocean commerce; the building of a thousand cities; the rush of the world to our shores; the peopling of our boundless plains; the rapid birth of new States into our Union; the triumph of our arms; our repeated accessions of territory; our maritime and commercial superiority; our foreign discoveries; our inventions in mechanism; our discoveries in science; the use of steam, and electricity; our statesmanship, and foreign diplomacy; a thousand miraculous incidents of individual enterprise and success; the discovery of gold, of silver, and iron; our internal improvements and meliorations; our national prestige; and finally, our greatness and glory as a nation,--ought to suffice for any reasonable conception of the marvellous, as they outstrip the more ignoble creations of fancy, and absolutely invade the former domain of fiction and romance.
  2. (linguistics) The process in which a term gains a more positive connotation over time

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