Ameliorate: (verb) to make or to grow better; to improve . To step in and make an unsatisfactory situation better.
Synonyms include amend, enhance, help.
ETYMOLOGY: From the Latin melior, “better.” Earliest known use: 1767
Richard Armitage is a man who believes in a life philosophy of nourishment and nurturing, of building up rather than tearing down, of treating others the way you yourself would want to be treated. He is a man who strives to see just how far he can go on “somewhat limited talent” (his words, NOT mine). He seeks to improve himself and encourages us to do the same by word and deed; he leads by example.
In my opinion, he enhances any production in which he appears. He often ameliorates the role, adding dimensions and shadings to the character that might very well not be there if played by someone else. Think of Sir Guy, no cardboard cutout “evil henchman” or John Porter, far more than just a bloke with big guns and big muscles.
I think most of us would also agree that Mr. Armitage has ameliorated our own lives. It’s not only through entertaining and moving us through his fine performances. It’s also the way he serves as a muse for our own creative endeavors, both fandom and non-fandom related, and a catalyst for positive action and change in our own lives.
Ameliorating through Armitage: it’s a good thing.