Amelioration vs Better - What's the difference?

amelioration | better |

As nouns the difference between amelioration and better

is that amelioration is improvement while better is an entity, usually animate, deemed superior to another; one who has a claim to precedence; a superior or better can be .

As an adjective better is


As an adverb better is


As a verb better is

to improve.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




(en noun)
  • The act of making better.
  • an improvement
  • Antonyms

    * deterioration



    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) better, bettre, betre, from (etyl) .


  • (good)
  • * {{quote-video, date = 2002-11-01
  • , title = , episode = , number = 4 , passage = Badger:'' You think you're better''' than other people.
    ''Mal:'' Just the ones I'm '
    better than. }}
  • (well)
  • larger, greater
  • Derived terms
    * better dead than red * better half * better off * betterness * better part of * get better


  • * 1901 , ,
  • “I’ve had enough of cycling with you chaps. I can spend my Sundays better than in tormenting cats and quarrelling and fighting.”
  • More, in reference to value, distance, time, etc.
  • ten miles and better
    Derived terms
    * had better * 'd better


    (en verb)
  • To improve.
  • * Wordsworth
  • Love betters what is best.
  • * Thackeray
  • He thought to better his circumstances.
  • * Macaulay
  • the constant effort of every man to better himself
  • To become better; to improve.
  • (Carlyle)
  • To surpass in excellence; to exceed; to excel.
  • * Hooker
  • The works of nature do always aim at that which can not be bettered .
  • To give advantage to; to support; to advance the interest of.
  • * Milton
  • Weapons more violent, when next we meet, / May serve to better us and worse our foes.
  • (slang) Had better.
  • You better do that if you know what's good for you.
    Derived terms
    * betterer * betterment
    * See also


    (en noun)
  • An entity, usually animate, deemed superior to another; one who has a claim to precedence; a superior.
  • He quickly found Ali his better in the ring.
  • * Hooker
  • Their betters would hardly be found.

    Derived terms

    * get the better of

    Etymology 2

    Alternate pronunciation of (bettor) or modern formation from the verb to (bet).


    (en noun)
  • Statistics

    * 1000 English basic words ----