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English noun: melioration

1. melioration (act) the act of relieving ills and changing for the better


Synonymsamelioration, betterment


Broader (hypernym)improvement

2. melioration (state) a condition superior to an earlier condition


SamplesThe new school represents a great improvement.


Synonymsimprovement


Broader (hypernym)condition, status


Narrower (hyponym)betterment, development, reformation, refurbishment, renovation, restoration


Antonymsdeclination, decline

3. melioration (process) the linguistic process in which over a period of time a word grows more positive in connotation or more elevated in meaning


Broader (hypernym)drift









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