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The drug ameliorates the toxic effects of chemotherapy.
  to improve — especially a bad situation
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Although "ameliorate" and "mitigate" both indicate steps taken to improve a bad situation, some linguists prefer "ameliorate" to indicate the increase of positive forces and "mitigate" to indicate the decrease of negative forces.
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  • The drug ameliorates the toxic effects of chemotherapy.
  • We doubled funding to ameliorate the current humanitarian emergency.
  • Investors should diversify to ameliorate risk.
  • I sought to improve her manners and ameliorate her general tone...
    Dickens, Charles  --  Little Dorrit

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  • The effect was to ameliorate the too savage conditions of the fang-and-claw social struggle.
    London, Jack  --  The Iron Heel
  • We held community meetings to understand public concern and to avoid or ameliorate the adverse effects of such a large development.
  • The United States should support the principle that those nations closest to a crisis have a special regional responsibility to do what they can to ameliorate the crisis.
    Newt Gingrich  --  The Current State of UN Reform  --  http://www.aei.org/publications/pubID.23396,filter.all/pub_detail.asp(retrieved 06/29/06)
  • The accused have told me and their counsel have told me that the accused who were all leaders of the non-European population were motivated entirely by a desire to ameliorate these grievances.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • It undergoes continual changes; it is barbarous, it is civilized, it is Christianized, it is rich, it is scientific; but this change is not amelioration.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • Spring drew on: she was indeed already come; the frosts of winter had ceased; its snows were melted, its cutting winds ameliorated.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre

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  • Schools were established among them, and benevolent societies were active in efforts to ameliorate their condition.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • There was, however, an ameliorating support system.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • The work of ameliorating the conditions of life—the true civilizing process that makes life more and more secure—had gone steadily on to a climax.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • I sought to improve her manners and ameliorate her general tone; she (supported in this likewise by her relations) resented my endeavours.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Knowledge and virtues were increased and diffused; arts, sciences useful to man, ameliorating their condition, were improved, more than in any period.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Philosophy should be an energy; it should have for effort and effect to ameliorate the condition of man.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Still, the peaceful quality of his surroundings gradually ameliorated his resentment, confusion, and stubborn anger.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • There is a closer tie than is commonly supposed between the improvement of the soul and the amelioration of what belongs to the body.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • I felt the greatest eagerness to hear the promised narrative, partly from curiosity and partly from a strong desire to ameliorate his fate if it were in my power.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Honour to those indefatigable spirits who consecrate their vigils to the amelioration or to the alleviation of their kind!
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • They did not belong to those generations of prostitutes created in novels, with great and generous hearts, dedicated, because of the horror of circumstance, to ameliorating, the luckless, barren life of men, taking money incidentally and humbly for their "understanding."
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • MARY WARREN: "Goody Osburn will hang!"
    ...
    PROCTOR: "The Deputy Governor will permit it?"
    MARY WARREN: "He sentenced her. He must."
    To ameliorate it: "But not Sarah Good. For Sarah Good confessed, y’see."
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • And thus Henchard found himself again on the precise standing which he had occupied a quarter of a century before. Externally there was nothing to hinder his making another start on the upward slope, and by his new lights achieving higher things than his soul in its half-formed state had been able to accomplish. But the ingenious machinery contrived by the Gods for reducing human possibilities of amelioration to a minimum—which arranges that wisdom to do shall come pari passu with the departure of zest for doing—stood in the way of all that.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • OOTEK’S ACCEPTANCE of me had an ameliorating effect upon Mike’s attitude.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • They had never been terribly eager to meet Isabelle’s vampire boyfriend, a situation that hadn’t done much to ameliorate Simon’s feeling that he was merely the latest in a long line of undesirable suitors.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • I have heard that Liebig has made some wonderful discoveries in the amelioration of soils.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • In loose allwool garments with Harris tweed cap, price 8/6, and useful garden boots with elastic gussets and wateringcan, planting aligned young firtrees, syringing, pruning, staking, sowing hayseed, trundling a weedladen wheelbarrow without excessive fatigue at sunset amid the scent of newmown hay, ameliorating the soil, multiplying wisdom, achieving longevity.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • There is always an inertia to be overcome in striking out a new line of conduct—not more in ourselves, it seems, than in circumscribing events, which appear as if leagued together to allow no novelties in the way of amelioration.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • That is the rationale of the system of charging which has hitherto obtained; and nothing is more offensive than this ostentation of reform, where there is no real amelioration.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • And these seized upon him at times as definitely and poignantly as though they were voices of accusation or complaint—so much so that he could not help but suggest by way of amelioration that he would like to see her and that he was coming around that night if she were going to be home.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Hans and I have each taken turn to watch, and every hour we have seen visible signs of amelioration.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • To the extent that amelioration is happening, it’s quite a contrast with the prejudice of two generations ago.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • Those acts were against God, and he and his woman were about to face Him; there had to be certain ameliorating circumstances.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • So the thin, graying ringlets were loosened around the meagre forehead, and indeed Mandy’s appearance was considerably ameliorated.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • [13] In his American edition of 1866 Dr. Alford withdrew this reference to the Civil War and somewhat ameliorated his indignation otherwise, but he clung to the main counts in his indictment, and most Englishmen, I daresay, still give them a certain support.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Some years ago several pious individuals undertook to ameliorate the condition of the prisons.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • A failure in this delicate and important point is the great source of the inconveniences we experience, and if we are not cautious to avoid a repetition of the error, in our future attempts to rectify and ameliorate our system, we may travel from one chimerical project to another; we may try change after change; but we shall never be likely to make any material change for the better.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • …subjects, till at length, if we be originally possessed of much sensibility, such habits of mind will be produced, that, by obeying blindly and mechanically the impulses of those habits, we shall describe objects, and utter sentiments, of such a nature and in such connection with each other, that the understanding of the being to whom we address ourselves, if he be in a healthful state of association, must necessarily be in some degree enlightened, and his affections ameliorated.
    William Wordsworth  --  Preface to Lyrical Ballads
  • …and despair they managed to convince themselves that if they could by hook or by crook get the machinery of production and the management of property so altered that the ’lower classes’ (so the horrible word ran) might have their slavery somewhat ameliorated, they would be ready to fit into this machinery, and would use it for bettering their condition still more and still more, until at last the result would be a practical equality (they were very fond of using the word ’practical’),…
    William Morris  --  News from Nowhere
  • Bad writers, and especially scientific, political and sociological writers, are nearly always haunted by the notion that Latin or Greek words are grander than Saxon ones, and unnecessary words like EXPEDITE, AMELIORATE, PREDICT, EXTRANEOUS, DERACINATED, CLANDESTINE, SUB-AQUEOUS and hundreds of others constantly gain ground from their Anglo-Saxon opposite numbers.
    George Orwell  --  Politics and the English Language
  • All, all for immortality, Love like the light silently wrapping all, Nature’s amelioration blessing all, The blossoms, fruits of ages, orchards divine and certain, Forms, objects, growths, humanities, to spiritual images ripening.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • I wish to investigate his confused affairs so far as to ascertain whether it may not be possible, after this lapse of time, to ameliorate his unhappy condition.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Apply yourselves, above all, to the amelioration of the soil, to good manures, to the development of the equine, bovine, ovine, and porcine races.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • It is to this point that philosophy and progress tend, with all their organs simultaneously, by their amelioration of the real, as well as by their contemplation of the absolute.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • These men left their first country to improve their condition; they quit their resting-place to ameliorate it still more; fortune awaits them everywhere, but happiness they cannot attain.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • The nation, taken as a whole, will be less brilliant, less glorious, and perhaps less strong; but the majority of the citizens will enjoy a greater degree of prosperity, and the people will remain quiet, not because it despairs of amelioration, but because it is conscious of the advantages of its condition.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • In these small communities, which are never agitated by the desire of aggrandizement or the cares of self-defence, all public authority and private energy is employed in internal amelioration.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • This spirit of amelioration is constantly alive in the American republics, without compromising their tranquillity; the ambition of power yields to the less refined and less dangerous love of comfort.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • The average American, I believe, has a larger vocabulary of profanity than the average Englishman, and swears a good deal more, but he attempts an amelioration of many of his oaths by softening them to forms with no apparent meaning.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • M. MYRIEL BECOMES M. WELCOME Seminary for foreign missions in Paris …… 200 " Congregation of the Holy Spirit …… 150 " Religious establishments of the Holy Land …… 100 " Charitable maternity societies …… 300 " Extra, for that of Arles …… 50 " Work for the amelioration of prisons …… 400 " Work for the relief and delivery of prisoners ….
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
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