Word of the Day – Ameliorate

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Ameliorate (verb)

a-mee-lee-o-rayt

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 – Defunct

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Defunct (adj)

dee-fun-kt

No longer existing or functioning.

Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘deceased’): from Latin defunctus ‘dead’, past participle of defungi ‘carry out, finish’, from de- (expressing reversal) + fungi ‘perform’.

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Word of the Day – Ordinally

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Ordinally (adverb)

aw-din-al-ee

With regard to, or at the level of, orders in a taxonomic system; according to an ordinal number, system, etc.; on an ordinal scale; with regard to order.

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Edinburgh Review. From ordinal + -ly.

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