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



verb (used with or without object)

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for reformers



to form anew
Derived Formsre-formation, noun

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Word Origin and History for reformers
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