meliorism

meliorism

[meel-yuh-riz-uhm, mee-lee-uh-]
noun
the doctrine that the world tends to become better or may be made better by human effort.

Origin:
1855–60; < Latin melior better + -ism

meliorist, noun, adjective
melioristic, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To meliorism
Collins
World English Dictionary
meliorism (ˈmiːlɪəˌrɪzəm)
 
n
the notion that the world can be improved by human effort
 
[C19: from Latin melior better]
 
'meliorist
 
adj, —n
 
melio'ristic
 
adj

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature