From Latin melior(better) and English -ist. Reportedly coined by British author George Eliot in her letters, published in 1877.


meliorist ‎(plural meliorists)

  1. A proponent of meliorism
    • 2001, "The Peter Simple Column," Daily Telegraph, 17 August,
      "Who knows but that such age-old customs, rooted in dark, immemorial country lore and probably of pagan origin, may not put shallow urban meliorists out of countenance?".


meliorist ‎(comparative more meliorist, superlative most meliorist)

  1. Of or relating to meliorism.
  2. Supporting the principles of meliorism.


  • meliorist”, in Unabridged,, LLC, 1995–.
  • meliorist” in Microsoft's Encarta World English Dictionary, North American Edition (2007)
  • "meliorist" at Rhymezone (Datamuse, 2006)
  • Oxford English Dictionary, second edition (1989)
  • Dictionary of Philosophy, Dagobert D. Runes (ed.), Philosophical Library, 1962. See: "Meliorism" by Archie J. Bahm, page 195