Origin of reformation
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Examples from the Web for pre-reformation
The furniture and accessories of the altar in pre-Reformation times were numerous.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
Nor did the Church in England in pre-Reformation times fail in her duty in this respect.Lux Mundi
Indeed, music as a great science was unknown in pre-Reformation times.The Quiver, 11/1899
One of the bells is pre-Reformation, and has the inscription Regina coeli, laetare.
The church has a low W. tower, possessing one pre-Reformation bell.
- 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 pre-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.