Origin of reformation
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Examples from the Web for self-reformation
For what other master, then, do you wait as an excuse for this delay in self-reformation?The Enchiridion
I doubt not there is some anxiety, yet I fear it may be only a self-reformation to recommend herself to God and to man.The Biography of Robert Murray M'Cheyne
Andrew A. Bonar
But one of the best ways of moving ahead of one's fellows is to acquire the capacity of self-judgment and self-reformation.South America To-day
- the act or an instance of reforming or the state of being reformed
- a religious and political movement of 16th-century Europe that began as an attempt to reform the Roman Catholic Church and resulted in the establishment of the Protestant Churches
Word Origin and History for self-reformation
"improvement, alteration for the better," late 14c., "restoration;" mid-15c., "improvement," from Old French reformacion and directly from Latin reformationem (nominative reformatio), noun of action from past participle stem of reformare (see reform (v.)). In reference to the European religious movement, it is attested by 1540s, borrowed from Luther. The movement began as a bid to reform doctrines and practices of the Church of Rome.
A religious movement in the sixteenth century that began as an attempted reform of the Roman Catholic Church but resulted in the founding of Protestant churches separate from it. Some of the leaders of the Reformation were Martin Luther, John Calvin, and John Knox. The Reformation was established in England after King Henry VIII declared himself head of the Christian Church in that country.