melioration

[ meel-yuh-rey-shuh n, mee-lee-uh- ]
/ ˌmil yəˈreɪ ʃən, ˌmi li ə- /

noun

Historical Linguistics. semantic change in a word to a more approved or more respectable meaning.Compare pejoration(def 2).

Origin of melioration

1620–30; < Late Latin meliōrātiōn- (stem of meliōrātiō), equivalent to meliōrāt(us) (see meliorate) + -iōn- -ion
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British Dictionary definitions for melioration

melioration

/ (ˌmiːlɪəˈreɪʃən) /

noun

the act or an instance of improving or the state of being improved

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