the act of changing to a better state or character, way of operating, lifestyle, etc.; the correction of abuses and bad habits or practices: Last year the team underwent a reformation under the direction of a new head coach.The reformation of the justice system in that country is long overdue.
an improved state or way of functioning that results from the correction of abuses and bad habits or practices: The gambler's so-called reformation lasted exactly one month.
the Reformation, Church History. the 16th-century movement that began with the objective of correcting theology and practice in the Roman Catholic Church and that ultimately led to the establishment of the Protestant churches.
- ref·or·ma·tion·al, adjective
- non·ref·or·ma·tion, noun
- non·ref·or·ma·tion·al, adjective
- post-Ref·or·ma·tion, noun
- pre-Ref·or·ma·tion, noun
- pre·ref·or·ma·tion, adjective
- self-ref·or·ma·tion, noun
- su·per·ref·or·ma·tion, noun
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How to use reformation in a sentence
Sustainable fashion label reformation, known for its carbon neutral clothing, hopes to change that with its new program called “We’re With the Band,” which works directly with artists to offer more eco-friendly concert merchandise.Reformation is bringing sustainability to the $400 million market for concert merch | Tiffany Ap | June 18, 2022 | Quartz
Finally, in the sustainability category, reformation and FibreTrace are nominated for advancing fashion transparency.MTA, Verizon and Ad Council among this year’s Greater Good Awards nominees | Estelle Reich | November 16, 2021 | Digiday
Even brands who tout their sustainability, like reformation and Levi’s, fell into the “could do better” category when it came to the use of fossil-fuel-based textiles like polyester.If you want sustainable clothes, focus on the farms | Sara Kiley Watson | October 23, 2021 | Popular-Science
Instead of letting steam-methane reformation emit loads of CO2, blue hydrogen uses retrofitted natural gas plants with carbon capture machines to rein in the CO2 emissions from early in the steam-methane reforming process.
There’s the Giuliani era of reformation, and there’s the Bloomberg era of reimagining what the city can be.How Does New York City Keep Reinventing Itself? (Bonus) | Kurt Andersen | March 21, 2021 | Freakonomics
Her latest book, Heretic: The Case for a Muslim reformation, will be published in April by HarperCollins.Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Our Duty Is to Keep Charlie Hebdo Alive | Ayaan Hirsi Ali | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
I invite you to visit the Gay Christian Network and the reformation Project, two organizations doing just that.Do LGBTs Owe Christians an Olive Branch? Try The Other Way Around | Jay Michaelson | December 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
These not-so-very-dark ages fostered intellectual and cultural forces that themselves led to the reformation.
Some time will be needed before any reformation is accepted.Michael Tomasky on How Mitt Romney Finally Killed Reaganomics | Michael Tomasky | November 13, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
According to Wilder, members of the New Apostolic reformation see Perry as their vehicle to claim the “mountain” of government.
And how would the general confederation testify to a glorious work of reformation!The Ordinance of Covenanting | John Cunningham
If Arsenio had a mind to reform, let him postpone that reformation until Garnache should have done with him.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
They then became as staunch in the principles of the reformation as they had previously been firm in papal policy.The Childhood of Distinguished Women | Selina A. Bower
But in post-reformation times one stood on a raised platform at the west end of the church.Bell's Cathedrals: A Short Account of Romsey Abbey | Thomas Perkins
It is transient, it will not last—it will not bring reformation—it will never be adequately requited.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness | Florence Hartley
British Dictionary definitions for reformation (1 of 2)
the act or an instance of reforming or the state of being reformed
- reformational, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for Reformation (2 of 2)
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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Cultural definitions for Reformation
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.
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