- amended by removal of faults, abuses, etc.
- improved in conduct, morals, etc.
- (initial capital letter) noting or pertaining to Protestant churches, especially Calvinist as distinguished from Lutheran.
Origin of reformed
- to form again.
Origin of re-form
- the improvement or amendment of what is wrong, corrupt, unsatisfactory, etc.: social reform; spelling reform.
- an instance of this.
- the amendment of conduct, belief, etc.
- to change to a better state, form, etc.; improve by alteration, substitution, abolition, etc.
- to cause (a person) to abandon wrong or evil ways of life or conduct.
- to put an end to (abuses, disorders, etc.).
- Chemistry. to subject to the process of reforming, as in refining petroleum.
- to abandon evil conduct or error: The drunkard promised to reform.
- (initial capital letter) of, relating to, or characteristic of Reform Jews or Reform Judaism: a Reform rabbi.
Origin of reform
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Examples from the Web for reformed
To the contrary, she said, she did not necessarily believe that collective bargaining needed to be reformed.Meet Gina Raimondo, the Only Democratic Star of 2014
November 6, 2014
Spooky Tooth had reformed quite a while before I received the call and were touring quite often.When Gary Wright Met George Harrison: Dream Weaver, John and Yoko, and More
September 29, 2014
The Sun quotes a royal source as saying of the reformed relationship, "It's early days, but Harry's over the moon."Harry And Cressida’s Secret Date So Are They Back Together?
September 17, 2014
The election of President Hassan Rouhani last year brought hope for a reformed criminal justice system.Forget About a Kindler Gentler Iran
August 19, 2014
Because marriage is a patriarchal, sexist institution that should be discarded rather than reformed.Were Christians Right About Gay Marriage All Along?
May 27, 2014
It must not be supposed that this spring day in the spring places had reformed his manner of delivery.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
The consequence was that many of the workhouses were reformed and improved.Self-Help
Why not add one good one to your account, by risking your life for the reformed faith?'Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
He can only be reformed by showing him a new idea which commands his own.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
And if one can not be reformed by them, it is proof positive that he ought not to be at large.The Prison Chaplaincy, And Its Experiences
- of or designating a Protestant Church, esp the Calvinist as distinct from the Lutheran
- of or designating Reform Judaism
- (tr) to improve (an existing institution, law, practice, etc) by alteration or correction of abuses
- to give up or cause to give up a reprehensible habit or immoral way of life
- chem to change the molecular structure of (a hydrocarbon) to make it suitable for use as petrol by heat, pressure, and the action of catalysts
- an improvement or change for the better, esp as a result of correction of legal or political abuses or malpractices
- a principle, campaign, or measure aimed at achieving such change
- improvement of morals or behaviour, esp by giving up some vice
- to form anew
Word Origin and History for reformed
c.1300, "to convert into another and better form," from Old French reformer "rebuild, reconstruct, recreate" (12c.), from Latin reformare "to form again, change, transform, alter," from re- "again" (see re-) + formare "to form" (see form (n.)). Intransitive sense from 1580s.
Meaning "to bring (a person) away from an evil course of life" is recorded from early 15c.; of governments, institutions, etc., from early 15c. Related: Reformed; reforming. Reformed churches (1580s) usually are Calvinist as opposed to Lutheran. Reformed Judaism (1843) is a movement initiated in Germany by Moses Mendelssohn (1729-1786). Reform school is attested from 1859.
"any proceeding which brings back a better order of things," 1660s, from reform (v.) and in some uses from French réforme. As a branch of Judaism from 1843.