One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The belief that the world can be made better by human effort.
- ‘Liberal and egalitarian in sympathy, they eschewed class analysis for civic meliorism, in keeping with his own social democratic values.’
- ‘The dominant philosophy of statecraft has become a form of pragmatic meliorism with markets and Western democratic institutions as the chosen means for improving our lives.’
- ‘Orwell's theoretically skeptical prophetic meliorism resonates with much in Christianity, and especially Catholicism.’
- ‘The prevailing pessimism of the cycle is relieved by passages of lyrical beauty and by faith in scientific and social meliorism.’
Late 19th century: from Latin melior ‘better’ + -ism.
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