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[meel-yuh-rey-shuh n, mee-lee-uh-]
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  1. Historical Linguistics. semantic change in a word to a more approved or more respectable meaning.Compare pejoration(def 2).
  2. amelioration.
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Origin of melioration

1620–30; < Late Latin meliōrātiōn- (stem of meliōrātiō), equivalent to meliōrāt(us) (see meliorate) + -iōn- -ion
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Historical Examples

  • The principle of the one, in short, was melioration; of the other, conservation.

    Constitutional History of England, volume 3 of 3

    Henry Hallam

  • Every melioration of the slave's lot is a step toward freedom.


    William E. Channing

  • It is no less an evidence that their condition was in a state of melioration.

    Dissertation on Slavery

    St. George Tucker.

  • Peace followed victory, and the melioration of the condition of the enemy followed peace.

  • I should like to think this melioration came through our sense of justice, but I cannot claim that it did.

    And Even Now

    Max Beerbohm

British Dictionary definitions for melioration


  1. the act or an instance of improving or the state of being improved
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Word Origin and History for melioration


c.1400, "improvement," from Late Latin meliorationem (nominative melioratio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin meliorare (see meliorate).

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