Silver’s Word of the Week – Ameliorate


Welcome to Silver’s Word of the Week where I try to find strange and unusual words to ignite my vocabulary to new levels! Are you ready to learn a new word?

This week our word is the courtesy of

WOW Ameliorate

1. To make or become better, more bearable, or more satisfactory; improve

Verb (used with or without object), ameliorated, ameliorating.

My Examples

In order to ameliorate the problem with posting your photos, right-click on the image and select copy.

I wish there was something more that I could do to ameliorate your impending imprisonment. shares:

Did You Know?

“Ameliorate traces back to “melior,” the Latin adjective meaning “better,” and is a synonym of the verbs “better” and “improve.” When is it better to use “ameliorate”? If a situation is bad, “ameliorate” indicates that the conditions have been made more tolerable. Thus, one might refer to drugs that ameliorate the side effects of chemotherapy; a loss of wages ameliorated by unemployment benefits; or a harsh law ameliorated by special exceptions. “Improve” and “better” apply when what is being made better can be good or bad (as in “the weather improved” and “she bettered her lot in life”), and they should certainly be chosen over “ameliorate” when something good is getting better still (“he improved his successful program”; “she bettered her impressive scores”).”

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How would you use “ameliorate” in a sentence?

I have to ameliorate the writing in my novel.

See you next week!