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Related to meliorist: meliorism
1. The belief that the human condition can be improved through concerted effort.
2. The belief that there is an inherent tendency toward progress or improvement in the human condition.
[Latin melior, better; see mel-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + -ism.]
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|Noun||1.||meliorist - a disputant who advocates reform |
birth-control campaigner, birth-control reformer - a social reformer who advocates birth control and family planning
Chartist - a 19th century English reformer who advocated better social and economic conditions for working people
civil rights activist, civil rights leader, civil rights worker - a leader of the political movement dedicated to securing equal opportunity for members of minority groups
conservationist, environmentalist - someone who works to protect the environment from destruction or pollution
flower child, hippie, hippy, hipster - someone who rejects the established culture; advocates extreme liberalism in politics and lifestyle
freedom fighter, insurgent, insurrectionist, rebel - a person who takes part in an armed rebellion against the constituted authority (especially in the hope of improving conditions)
preservationist - someone who advocates the preservation of historical sites or endangered species or natural areas
Utopian - an idealistic (but usually impractical) social reformer; "a Utopian believes in the ultimate perfectibility of man"