Word of the day!


MEEL-yuh-riz-uhm, MEE-lee-uh-


the doctrine that the world tends to become better or may be made better by human effort.


For a life worthy to be lived is one that is full of active aspiration, for something higher and better; and such a contemplation of the world we call meliorism.
— Paul Carus , Monism and Meliorism , 1885

The leaders rejected the soft meliorism of more secular activists, the idea that significant progress could be made through consciousness-raising and education campaigns, through consensus and gradual reform.
— David Brooks , “The Ideas Behind the March,” The New York Times , 2013


Meliorism entered English in the late 1800s. It comes from the Latin word melior meaning “better.”

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