Word of the Day – Ameliorate

By September 11, 2017Word of the Day

Ameliorate (verb)


Make (something bad or unsatisfactory) better.

Mid 18th century: alteration of meliorate, influenced by French améliorer, from meilleur ‘better’.

Example sentences

“Someone needs to ameliorate the whole country!”

“The reform did a lot to ameliorate living standards.”

Word of the Day – Risorial

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Risorial (adj) (rare)


Relating to laughter; used in laughing; = “risible”.

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Ogilvie (1797–1867), lexicographer. From post-classical Latin risorius + -al.

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