Definitions

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  • n. A proponent of meliorism
  • adj. Of or relating to meliorism.
  • adj. Supporting the principles of meliorism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who accepts the practical or the theoretical doctrine of meliorism.
  • Of or pertaining to meliorism or meliorists.

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

  • n. a disputant who advocates reform

Etymologies

From Latin melior ("better") and English -ist. Reportedly coined by British author George Eliot in her letters, published in 1877. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • No question but the novelist would have welcomed as a convincing proof of her 'meliorist' doctrine the progress made in her own homeland in the century since her birth.

    Recent Developments in European Thought

  • But while her virtue and courage are not open to question, her judgment is, and points to the limits of a meliorist approach to evil.

    Matthew Yglesias » Helen Suzman

  • Capitalism and collapse: contradictions of Jared Diamond's market meliorist strategy to save the humans [A book review from: Ecological Economics] by R. Smith

    The Good News of Economic Collapse

  • Excerpt: In practical terms, "Conservation of IQ" is used to argue for limits on immigration, against various meliorist attempts, and possibly even for eugenics.

    Schlesinger Obit, Samurai Vader, IQ Scarcity, Floyd/Bee Gees Mashup

  • Fortunately, the Communists in the Federal Writers 'Project were in their Popular Front phase and all for the meliorist New Deal, so their presence, while provoking conservatives in Congress and making life difficult for writers such as Wright and for Project administrators, ultimately did not diminish the guidebooks' quality.

    A Stimulus Deal for Writers

  • A pessimist in contemplation, he remains a meliorist in action.

    Little Eyolf

  • That soul who is Kyu in the first story (and Kokila, Katima, and so on thereafter) is combative, imprudent, and prone to getting himself (or herself) killed; while Bold (Bihari, Bistami . . . ) is more comfortable in the world, meliorist and optimistic.

    Archive 2008-10-01

  • Not sure that locating the failure in the moral arena makes me a meliorist or not.

    Handicapping the Horse Race

  • News at Eleven: Many, like Virginia Woolf, were struck by his Thomas Hardy's kindliness, and he insisted on calling himself an "evolutionary meliorist," not a pessimist.

    News at Eleven: Many, like Virginia Woolf, were struck

  • In place of the conservative hostility to meliorist or utopian visions and skepticism about bold governmental initiatives, many neocons have embraced a Brave New World in which American exceptionalism holds sway everywhere and peoples around the globe abandon their own cultures in favor of Western ideals.

    Sands of Empire

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