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[ri-fawr-mist] /rɪˈfɔr mɪst/
a person who advocates or practices reform; reformer.
a member of any reformed denomination.
Also, reformistic. of or belonging to a movement for reform.
Origin of reformist
First recorded in 1580-90; reform + -ist
Related forms
reformism, noun
antireformist, noun, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for reformism
Historical Examples
  • There can be no doubt that Socialist "reformism" has become very widespread.

    Socialism As It Is William English Walling
  • On the other hand, political action was a blind-alley leading to reformism and quietism.

  • It is now in Belgium and Italy only that "reformism" is dominant and still threatens to fuse the Socialists with other parties.

    Socialism As It Is William English Walling
  • While "reformism" only became a practical issue in the American Party in 1910, it had its beginnings much earlier.

    Socialism As It Is William English Walling
  • Mr. Berger's maiden speech also summed up excellently the general policy of Socialist "reformism."

    Socialism As It Is William English Walling
  • The passage of Bebel's resolution, by a vote of 289 to 80, was an emphatic repudiation of reformism.

    Socialism As It Is William English Walling
  • And finally, in the third place, even if reform be the sole object in view, reformism is the poorest policy to follow to get it.

    The Red Conspiracy Joseph J. Mereto
  • But reformism has brought it about that the Party is often split in its votes in the Chamber of Deputies.

    Socialism As It Is William English Walling
British Dictionary definitions for reformism


a doctrine or movement advocating reform, esp political or religious reform, rather than abolition
Derived Forms
reformist, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for reformism



1580s, originally religious; from reform + -ist. Political sense is from 1640s. Related: Reformism.

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