[ ri-fawr-mer ]
/ rɪˈfɔr mər /


a person devoted to bringing about reform, as in politics or society.
(initial capital letter) any of the leaders of the Reformation.

Nearby words

  1. reformation,
  2. reformatory,
  3. reformed,
  4. reformed church in america,
  5. reformed spelling,
  6. reforming,
  7. reformism,
  8. reformist,
  9. reformulate,
  10. refract

Origin of reformer

First recorded in 1520–30; reform + -er1

Related formsan·ti·re·form·er, nouncoun·ter·re·form·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for reformer



1540s, agent noun from reform (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper