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reformer

[ri-fawr-mer]
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noun
  1. a person devoted to bringing about reform, as in politics or society.
  2. (initial capital letter) any of the leaders of the Reformation.
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Origin of reformer

First recorded in 1520–30; reform + -er1
Related formsan·ti·re·form·er, nouncoun·ter·re·form·er, noun

re-form

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

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

re-form

v.

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

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reformer

n.

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

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