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reformist

[ri-fawr-mist]
noun
  1. a person who advocates or practices reform; reformer.
  2. a member of any reformed denomination.
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adjective
  1. Also re·form·is·tic. of or belonging to a movement for reform.
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Origin of reformist

First recorded in 1580–90; reform + -ist
Related formsre·form·ism, nounan·ti·re·form·ist, noun, adjective
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Historical Examples of reformism

  • There can be no doubt that Socialist "reformism" has become very widespread.

    Socialism As It Is

    William English Walling

  • On the other hand, political action was a blind-alley leading to reformism and quietism.

  • It is now in Belgium and Italy only that "reformism" is dominant and still threatens to fuse the Socialists with other parties.

    Socialism As It Is

    William English Walling

  • While "reformism" only became a practical issue in the American Party in 1910, it had its beginnings much earlier.

    Socialism As It Is

    William English Walling

  • Mr. Berger's maiden speech also summed up excellently the general policy of Socialist "reformism."

    Socialism As It Is

    William English Walling


British Dictionary definitions for reformism

reformism

noun
  1. a doctrine or movement advocating reform, esp political or religious reform, rather than abolition
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Derived Formsreformist, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for reformism

reformist

n.

1580s, originally religious; from reform + -ist. Political sense is from 1640s. Related: Reformism.

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