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amelioration

[uh-meel-yuh-rey-shuh n, uh-mee-lee-uh-] /əˌmil yəˈreɪ ʃən, əˈmi li ə-/
noun
1.
an act or instance of ameliorating or making better; the state of being ameliorated or made better:
the amelioration of working conditions.
2.
something that ameliorates; an improvement.
3.
melioration (def 1).
Origin of amelioration
1790-1800
First recorded in 1790-1800; ameliorate + -ion
Antonyms
depreciation, pejoration.
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amelioration

/əˌmiːljəˈreɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act or an instance of ameliorating or the state of being ameliorated
2.
something that ameliorates; an improvement
3.
(linguistics) Also called elevation. (of the meaning of a word) a change from pejorative to neutral or positively pleasant. The word nice has achieved its modern meaning by amelioration from the earlier sense foolish, silly
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Word Origin and History for amelioration
n.

1650s, from French amélioration, from Old French ameillorer (12c.), from a "to" (see ad-) + meillior (Modern French meìlleur) "to better," from Late Latin meliorare "improve," from Latin melior "better," perhaps originally "stronger," and related to Greek mala "very, very much," from PIE *mel- "strong, great" (see multi-).

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