Every attempt to meliorate his manners and Indian notions, has failed.
The Skipper did his best to meliorate the harsh native methods with dumb things.
Kindness never fails to soften and meliorate his feelings, and harshness, injury, and contempt to harden and blunt them.
Rather let us say that that is very natural which nature permits us to meliorate in her handiwork.
To shorten and meliorate your way, I have determined to sacrifice every inferior consideration.
They refine the mind, they elevate views, they meliorate passions and keep alive affections.
May goodness, which thy heart did once enthrone, Emit one ray to meliorate my own!
Will this rapid intellectual progress tend ultimately to meliorate the condition of mankind?
There is room enough in this country for us; and if they be our friends, let them meliorate our condition here.
I have no interest distinct from that which has a tendency to meliorate the situation of mankind.
1550s, "to make better," back-formation from melioration or else from Late Latin melioratus, past participle of Latin meliorare "improve," from melior "better," used as comparative of bonus "good," but probably originally meaning "stronger," from PIE root *mel- "strong, great, numerous" (see multi-). Related: Meliorated; meliorating; melioration; meliorative.