a person who advocates or practices reform; reformer.
a member of any reformed denomination.


Also re·form·is·tic. of or belonging to a movement for reform.

Nearby words

  1. reformed church in america,
  2. reformed spelling,
  3. reformer,
  4. reforming,
  5. reformism,
  6. reformulate,
  7. refract,
  8. refractile,
  9. refracting telescope,
  10. refraction

Origin of reformist

First recorded in 1580–90; reform + -ist

Related formsre·form·ism, nounan·ti·re·form·ist, noun, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for reformist



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper