[ ri-fawr-mer ]
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  1. a person devoted to bringing about significant change in attitudes and practices, such as in politics or society generally or within a particular organization.

  2. Reformer, Church History. any of the leaders of the Reformation.

Origin of reformer

First recorded in 1520–30; reform + -er1

Other words from reformer

  • an·ti·re·form·er, noun
  • coun·ter·re·form·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use reformer in a sentence

  • The reformers of the earlier period were not indifferent to the need for centralized organization in the banking system.

    Readings in Money and Banking | Chester Arthur Phillips
  • It was soon obvious that there were two distinct types of delegates: the eastern "conservatives" and the western "reformers."

  • There are the best and the worst—all who can pay the price: the reformers cheek by jowl with the mayor and the Boss, by Jove!

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
  • There are other countries in which it is simple without any magnificence, as among the reformers of Europe and in British America.

    A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 1 (of 10) | Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
  • No matter what the most successful reformers accomplish, there will be no high civilization here in our time—no background.

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton