- a person devoted to bringing about reform, as in politics or society.
- (initial capital letter) any of the leaders of the Reformation.
Origin of reformer
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Examples from the Web for reformer
Their drop-in rate starts at $39 for all classes using the Reformer.12 Priciest Fitness Classes (Actually Worth the Splurge)
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Then all we would need is a “reformer” willing to carry through.Congress Can Be Corrupt Without Corrupt People
December 13, 2013
Then, they proclaimed the hawks would never let him win because he might be a moderate and a reformer.Iran, Try Peace or Get War
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September 24, 2013
On the sex abuse front, most cardinals firmly believe that in the long run of history Benedict XVI will be recalled as a reformer.Inside the Conclave: Finding a New Pope
John L. Allen Jr.
February 17, 2013
He started out as a reformer back when that word had a specific meaning.Ed Koch
February 1, 2013
What use would it be then to become the great schismatic, the reformer who was awaited?The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Of all the dangers that threaten the path of the reformer that of injustice is the greatest.Morals in Trade and Commerce
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I've been reading his 'Traveling with a Reformer,' in which he abuses our road.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
Every reformer the world has ever seen has had a similar experience.
Herein, then, lies the secret of the success of the reformer.
Word Origin and History for reformer
1540s, agent noun from reform (v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper