[meel-yuh-riz-uh m, mee-lee-uh-]
- the doctrine that the world tends to become better or may be made better by human effort.
Origin of meliorism
1855–60; < Latin melior better + -ism
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Examples from the Web for meliorism
Be they false or be they true, the meaning of them is this meliorism.
Meliorism treats salvation as neither inevitable nor impossible.
Meliorism,—the desire to better the conditions of life for themselves and for their children—animated them.The American Empire
As an inevitable result of all the influences that constitute his world he finds himself yearning for meliorism as the crownpiece.
So he becomes the eloquent apostle of meliorism, proclaiming his gospel without abatement.
- the notion that the world can be improved by human effort
C19: from Latin melior better
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Word Origin and History for meliorism
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