Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or an instance of ameliorating.
  • n. The state of being ameliorated; improvement.

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  • n. The act of making better.
  • n. an improvement

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of ameliorating, or the state of being ameliorated; making or becoming better; improvement; melioration.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of ameliorating, or the state of being ameliorated; a making or becoming better; improvement; melioration.
  • n. A thing wherein improvement is realized; an improvement.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of relieving ills and changing for the better

Etymologies

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French amélioration

Examples

  • The converse process, amelioration, is evident in the slang uses of wicked, deadly, and sick.

    Catachresis and the amusing, awful and artificial cathedral

  • The Palestinians have shown nothing over the years if not a great willingness to reject short-term amelioration of living conditions on behalf of larger political principles.

    Matthew Yglesias » Divide and Rule

  • Policy decisions should be based on semi-empirical 10-20 year maximum likelihood projections of current trends, with the idea of amelioration of possible negative climate effects, and, honestly, exploitation of any anticipated positive consequences.

    Some Links to Pielke Jr « Climate Audit

  • As for the general interest in social amelioration, that is the worst sign of all.

    Humanly Speaking

  • The images of dead babies, looking like baby dolls rather than fragmented remains which appeared yesterday, have been cited by Ms. Philips herself as a kind of amelioration of the situation.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • Here are all these northern liberals from Wisconsin, Ohio, Arthur Morgan and [David] Lilienthal and these people are real liberal folks, but the policies at TVA really did not contribute much at all to any kind of amelioration of racial problems — in hiring let alone the people who were displaced by dams, jobs within TVA.

    Oral History Interview with C. Vann Woodward, January 12, 1991. Interview A-0341. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007)

  • There has been produced an abundant literature in which traditional Christian ethics take ample account of modern social investigations and the theories thus formulated have created a movement for social amelioration which is playing a notable part in the present-day history of Europe.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon

  • But luckily I was in the 'Fifth Reader' then, and had happened to have 'amelioration' in my spelling-lesson only a few days before; so I spoke up and said, 'Oh, yes, Dr. Longman, he is a great deal better, and he is really hungry to-day.'

    Hildegarde's Holiday a story for girls

  • The key word for Jefferson was "amelioration," and it included several stages of national and moral development.

    Conservapedia - Recent changes [en]

  • The postmodern comedy in the work of Pynchon or Barth or Barthelme doesn't seek to "correct" behaviors and institutions that threaten individual autonomy or impede social progress; it portrays such threats and obstructions as inherent to human life and thus unfortunately not much subject to amelioration.

    Detecting a Wrongness

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  • Disraeli, Coningsby, with a couple of political fixers selecting an electoral slogan:

    'And now for our cry,' said Mr. Taper. ... 'Ancient institutions and modern improvements, I suppose, Mr. Tadpole?'

    'Ameliorations is the better word, ameliorations. Nobody knows exactly what it means.'

    September 27, 2008

  • A semantic change toward a more positive connotation in the meaning of a word or morpheme; for example, the English word nice, which meant "foolish" in Middle English, now means kind or pleasant.

    June 20, 2007

  • antonym: "pejoration"

    December 21, 2006