meliorist antedated to 1834

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Sat Sep 14 18:43:18 UTC 2013

OED's word of the day is meliorism. For meliorist OED has 1846.

He did not profess to be, if he might use the word, a pessimist, nor was he ever an optimist; but he might fairly hope, through the means of their valuable institution, to be a meliorist.

The Legal Observer [London] 9. (Dec 27, 1934) p. 168 col. 2

Stephen Goranson

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