reformed

[ri-fawrmd]
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adjective
  1. amended by removal of faults, abuses, etc.
  2. improved in conduct, morals, etc.
  3. (initial capital letter) noting or pertaining to Protestant churches, especially Calvinist as distinguished from Lutheran.

Origin of reformed

First recorded in 1555–65; reform + -ed2
Related formsre·form·ed·ly [ri-fawr-mid-lee] /rɪˈfɔr mɪd li/, adverbpseu·do·re·formed, adjectivequa·si-re·formed, adjectiveun·re·formed, adjective

re-form

[ree-fawrm]
verb (used with or without object)
  1. to form again.

Origin of re-form

1300–50; Middle English; orig. identical with reform
Related formsre-for·ma·tion, nounre-form·er, noun
Can be confusedre-form reform

reform

[ri-fawrm]
noun
  1. the improvement or amendment of what is wrong, corrupt, unsatisfactory, etc.: social reform; spelling reform.
  2. an instance of this.
  3. the amendment of conduct, belief, etc.
verb (used with object)
  1. to change to a better state, form, etc.; improve by alteration, substitution, abolition, etc.
  2. to cause (a person) to abandon wrong or evil ways of life or conduct.
  3. to put an end to (abuses, disorders, etc.).
  4. Chemistry. to subject to the process of reforming, as in refining petroleum.
verb (used without object)
  1. to abandon evil conduct or error: The drunkard promised to reform.
adjective
  1. (initial capital letter) of, relating to, or characteristic of Reform Jews or Reform Judaism: a Reform rabbi.

Origin of reform

1300–50; (v.) Middle English reformen < Middle French reformer, Old French < Latin refōrmāre (see re-, form); (noun) partly derivative of the v., partly < French réforme
Related formsre·form·a·ble, adjectivere·form·a·bil·i·ty, re·form·a·ble·ness, nounre·form·a·tive, adjectivere·form·a·tive·ly, adverbre·form·a·tive·ness, nounre·form·ing·ly, adverban·ti·re·form, adjectivemis·re·form, verbpre·re·form, adjectivepro·re·form, adjectiveself-re·form, nounsu·per·re·form, noun, verb (used with object)un·re·form·a·ble, adjectiveun·re·form·a·tive, adjective
Can be confusedre-form reform

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Antonyms for reform

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Examples from the Web for reformed

Contemporary Examples of reformed

Historical Examples of reformed

  • It must not be supposed that this spring day in the spring places had reformed his manner of delivery.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • The consequence was that many of the workhouses were reformed and improved.

    Self-Help

    Samuel Smiles

  • Why not add one good one to your account, by risking your life for the reformed faith?'

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • He can only be reformed by showing him a new idea which commands his own.

    Essays, First Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • And if one can not be reformed by them, it is proof positive that he ought not to be at large.


British Dictionary definitions for reformed

Reformed

adjective
  1. of or designating a Protestant Church, esp the Calvinist as distinct from the Lutheran
  2. of or designating Reform Judaism

reform

verb
  1. (tr) to improve (an existing institution, law, practice, etc) by alteration or correction of abuses
  2. to give up or cause to give up a reprehensible habit or immoral way of life
  3. chem to change the molecular structure of (a hydrocarbon) to make it suitable for use as petrol by heat, pressure, and the action of catalysts
noun
  1. an improvement or change for the better, esp as a result of correction of legal or political abuses or malpractices
  2. a principle, campaign, or measure aimed at achieving such change
  3. improvement of morals or behaviour, esp by giving up some vice
Derived Formsreformable, adjectivereformative, adjectivereformer, noun

Word Origin for reform

C14: via Old French from Latin reformāre to form again

re-form

verb
  1. to form anew
Derived Formsre-formation, noun
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Word Origin and History for reformed

reform

v.

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.

reform

n.

"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.

re-form

v.

"form again," mid-14c., from re- + form (v.). Related: Re-formed; re-forming; re-formation.

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