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[ref-er-mey-shuh n] /ˌrɛf ərˈmeɪ ʃən/
the act of reforming; state of being reformed.
(initial capital letter) the religious movement in the 16th century that had for its object the reform of the Roman Catholic Church, and that led to the establishment of the Protestant churches.
Origin of reformation
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English reformacion < Latin refōrmātiōn- (stem of refōrmātiō), equivalent to refōrmāt(us) (past participle of refōrmāre to reform) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
reformational, adjective
nonreformation, noun
nonreformational, adjective
post-Reformation, noun
pre-Reformation, noun
prereformation, adjective
self-reformation, noun
superreformation, noun
1. improvement, betterment, correction, reform. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for self-reformation
Historical Examples
  • For what other master, then, do you wait as an excuse for this delay in self-reformation?

    The Enchiridion Epictetus
  • 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.

  • 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

    Georges Clemenceau
British Dictionary definitions for self-reformation


the act or an instance of reforming or the state of being reformed
Derived Forms
reformational, adjective


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
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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self-reformation in Culture

Reformation definition

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.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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