meliorism

[ meel-yuh-riz-uh m, mee-lee-uh- ]
/ ˈmil yəˌrɪz əm, ˈmi li ə- /

noun

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
Related formsmel·io·rist, noun, adjectivemel·io·ris·tic, adjective
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meliorism

/ (ˈmiːlɪəˌrɪzəm) /

noun

the notion that the world can be improved by human effort
Derived Formsmeliorist, adjective, nounmelioristic, adjective

Word Origin for meliorism

C19: from Latin melior better
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Word Origin and History for meliorism

meliorism


n.

"belief that the world tends to become better," 1868, from Latin melior (see meliorate) + -ism. Related: Meliorist (1835).

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