reformatory

[ ri-fawr-muh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ rɪˈfɔr məˌtɔr i, -ˈtoʊr i /

adjective

serving or designed to reform: reformatory lectures; reformatory punishments.

noun, plural re·form·a·to·ries.

Also called reform school. a penal institution for reforming young offenders, especially minors.

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Origin of reformatory

1580–90; < Latin refōrmāt(us) (see reformation) + -ory1, -ory2
Related formspre·re·form·a·to·ry, adjectivepseu·do·re·form·a·to·ry, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for reformatory

reformatory

/ (rɪˈfɔːmətərɪ, -trɪ) /

noun plural -ries

Also called: reform school (formerly) a place of instruction where young offenders were sent for corrective trainingCompare approved school

adjective

having the purpose or function of reforming
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Word Origin and History for reformatory

reformatory


adj.

1704, from past participle stem of Latin reformare "to transform, change" (see reform (v.)). As a noun, "house of correction for juveniles," from 1758.

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