[meel-yuh-rey-shuh n, mee-lee-uh-]


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for melioration



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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