verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of reform
Synonyms for reform
Antonyms for reform
Examples from the Web for anti-reform
Historical Examples of anti-reform
To crown all, he went to the 'hustings'—a hardened anti-Reform Billite.Abbotsford
The anti-reform party was believed to have gained the ascendant.The Life of Florence Nightingale vol. 2 of 2
Edward Tyas Cook
Surely we have as much right to support and vote for an anti-reform candidate, as we had to sign a petition praying for reform.
There have been two nights of debate, and as yet all the speaking has been one way, all on the anti-Reform side.The Greville Memoirs (Third Part) Volume II (of II)
Charles Cavendish Fulke Greville
Word Origin for reform
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.