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melioration

[meel-yuh-rey-shuh n, mee-lee-uh-] /ˌmil yəˈreɪ ʃən, ˌmi li ə-/
noun
1.
Historical Linguistics. semantic change in a word to a more approved or more respectable meaning.
Compare pejoration (def 2).
Origin
1620-1630
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
1.
the act or an instance of improving or the state of being improved
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Word Origin and History for melioration
n.

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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