658. Improvement.

658. Improvement.NOUN. improvement; amelioration, melioration; betterment; mend, amendment, emendation; mending &c. v.; advancement; advance &c. (progress) 282; ascent &c. 305; promotion, preferment; elevation &c. 307; increase &c. 35; cultivation, civilization; culture, march of intellect; menticulture; race-culture, eugenics.

reform, reformation; revision, radical reform; second thoughts, correction, limoe labor [Lat.], refinement, elaboration; purification &c. 652; oxidation; repair &c. (restoration) 660; recovery &c. 660.

revise, new edition.

reformer, radical.

VERB. improve; be better, become better, get better; mend, amend.

advance &c. (progress) 282; ascend &c. 305; increase &c. 35; fructify, ripen, mature; pick up, come about, rally, take a favourable turn; turn over a new leaf, turn the corner; raise one’s head, sow one’s wild oats; recover &c. 660.

be better &c. adj., be improved by; turn to right account, turn to good account, turn to best account; profit by, reap the benefit of; make good use of, make capital out of; place to good account.

render better, improve, mend, amend, better; ameliorate, meliorate; correct; decrassify.

improve upon, refine upon; rectify; enrich, mellow, elaborate, fatten.

promote, cultivate, advance, forward, enhance; bring forward, bring on; foster &c. 707; invigorate &c. (strengthen) 159.

touch up, rub up, brush up, furbish up, bolster up, vamp up, brighten up, warm up; polish, cook, make the most of, set off to advantage; prune; repair &c. (restore) 660; put in order &c. (arrange) 60.

review, revise; make corrections, make improvements &c. n.; doctor &c. (remedy) 662; purify, &c. 652.

relieve, refresh, infuse new blood into, recruit.

reform, remodel, reorganize; new model.

view in a new light, think better of, appeal from Philip drunk to Philip sober.

palliate, mitigate; lessen an evil &c. 36.

ADJ. improving &c. v.; progressive, improved &c. v.; better, better off, better for; all the better for; better advised.

reformatory, emendatory; reparatory &c. (restorative) 660.; remedial &c. 662.

corrigible, improvable; accultural.

ADV. on consideration, on reconsideration, on second thoughts, on better advice; ad melius inquirendum [Lat.].

PHR. Urbem lateritiam invenit marmoream reliquit. [Lat.] {Suetonius—Augustus Cæsar. “He found a city of brick, and left it a city of marble.” (Said of the Rome of Augustus Cæsar). }.

Nyt er altid kiært, Gammelt er stundom bedre. [Dan.] {Proverb“The new is always liked, though the old is often better.” }.

Cor et mentem colere nitimur. [Lat.] {“We strive to improve the heart and the mind.” }.

“He who seeks the mind’s improvement, / Aids the world, in aiding mind.” {Charles Swain—What is Noble? }.

“And when religious sects ran mad, / He held, in spite of all their learning, / That if a man’s belief is bad, / It will not be improved by burning.” {Winthrop Mackworth Praed—Poems of Life and Manners. Pt. II. The Vicar. St. 9.}.

“Human improvement is from within outwards.” {Froude—Short Studies on Great Subjects. Divus Cæsar.}.

“The new scientific method was the break-through, the revelation men needed to ensure their future progress; now the way lay clear ahead to the unremitting growth of enlightenment. Even so, even granted that physical science was now embarked upon a triumphant path, it still had to be shown that scientific progress would do anything to improve men morally or to remedy the ills of human society. Pascal had been one of the first to argue that science must, by its very nature, progress, but that sturdy Augustinian would certainly not admit that scientific progress was bound to bring with it an amelioration of man’s moral condition. Fontenelle, for all his optimism about the progress not only of science but of literature, was not prepared to conclude that in virtue, too, man must constantly improve his condition. “The heart,” he wrote, “changes not at all, and the heart is the whole man.” On no part of the earth’s surface, he thought, are enough rational men likely to be born “to establish a fashion for virtue and uprightness.” ” {John Passmore—The Perfectibility of Man. Ch. X. The Perfecting of Man by Scientific Progress.}.

“From Aristophanes onwards, conservatives have condemned intellectuals for introducing innovations, stirring up discontent, weakening the unity and stability of the social system. But now the accusation is very different. The typical intellectual, nowadays, is the scientist and scientists, the suggestion is, are heartless, inhuman. Professing to be disinterested, they are in fact uninterested – uninterested in human beings as such, except as statistical items in some grand experiment, some total plan. Pretending to absolute objectivity, they in fact seek to secure their own position in society; they will serve any government, acquiesce in any form of social arrangement, whether it be capitalism, communism or the Third Reich, provided only that it will provide them with the funds they need for their experiments. They disclaim all responsibility—like the Inquisition handing over heretics for burning to “the secular arm”—for applications which they know quite well to be inevitable. More than that, they are hungry for power and status, for public recognition, for influence. Mankind means less to them than a Nobel Prize. “As far as science isconcerned,” Karl Popper has written, “there is no doubt whatsoever in my mind that to look upon it as a means for increasing one’s power is a sin against the Holy Ghost.” He is very conscious, however, that this sin is only too often committed.” {John Passmore—The Perfectibility of Man. Ch. XIII. Perfection Renounced: The Dystopians.}.


Roget’s Thesaurus 1911. Compiled, edited and supplemented by Nicholas Shea. Dev version 1.7.9b Compiled on: 19 January 2022 at 05:16:38
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