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  1. (comparative degree of bon) better



From Proto-Italic *meljōs, from Proto-Indo-European *mélyōs, from *mel- (strong, big). Cognate with multus, Ancient Greek μάλα (mála), Latvian milns (very much, a lot of).



melior (neuter melius); third declension

  1. comparative degree of bonus; better


Third-declension comparative adjective.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masc./Fem. Neuter Masc./Fem. Neuter
Nominative melior melius meliōrēs meliōra
Genitive meliōris meliōrum
Dative meliōrī meliōribus
Accusative meliōrem melius meliōrēs meliōra
Ablative meliōre meliōribus
Vocative melior melius meliōrēs meliōra

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  • melior”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • melior”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • melior in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to find one's circumstances altered for the better (the worse): meliore (deteriore) condicione esse, uti
    • my position is considerably improved; my prospects are brighter: res meae meliore loco, in meliore causa sunt
    • my position is considerably improved; my prospects are brighter: meliorem in statum redigor
    • to hope well of a person: bene, optime (meliora) sperare de aliquo (Nep. Milt. 1. 1)
    • to induce some one to take a brighter view of things: in meliorem spem, cogitationem aliquem inducere (Off. 2. 15. 53)
    • heaven forfend: di prohibeant, di meliora!
    • (ambiguous) he feels better: melius ei factum est
    • (ambiguous) to deserve well at some one's hands; to do a service to..: bene, praeclare (melius, optime) mereri de aliquo