[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;Related formsmel·io·rist, noun, adjectivemel·io·ris·tic, adjective
< Latin melior
better + -ism
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Related Words for meliorismdevelopment
Examples from the Web for meliorism
Historical Examples of 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.
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.
British Dictionary definitions for meliorism
Derived Formsmeliorist, adjective, nounmelioristic, adjective
the notion that the world can be improved by human effort
Word Origin for meliorism
C19: from Latin melior better
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Word Origin and History for meliorism
"belief that the world tends to become better," 1868, from Latin melior (see meliorate) + -ism. Related: Meliorist (1835).
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