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[ ri-fawr-mist ]


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


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

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Other Words From

  • re·formism noun
  • anti·re·formist noun adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of reformist1

First recorded in 1580–90; reform + -ist

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Example Sentences

As well as this, authoritarian repression has only increased under eight-years of the so-called reformist presidency of Hassan Rouhani.

From Time

Hardliners at the KGB had staged a coup that August, seeking to overthrow the government of Mikhail Gorbachev, the reformist General Secretary of the Communist Party.

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When the election ended — and a reformist, Aisha Braveboy, won — so did the coalition’s court-watching.

In interviews with local news organizations, he has echoed the language that activists and reformists have used when talking about reimagining public safety.

During the early 2000s, she found herself caught up in what’s known as the “Math Wars,” a debate over the math curriculum between reformists and traditionalists.

Then, in late 1991, the dreams of reformist socialism crashed with the end of the Soviet Union.

Even so I would say we do need a conservative tendency in ours or any society as a check against reformist over-zeal.

This week, Francis called his group of eight reformist cardinals to the Holy See for their inaugural summit on reform.

The first was reformist president Mohammad Khatami, elected in 1997.

But the visit seems to be the latest in a series of moves aimed at stressing his reformist credentials.

Every legislative assembly is constantly besieged by the professional lobbyists of a swarm of reformist crowds.

I was a great reformist,' he says, 'but never suspected that the "people in power" were against reform.

Eduardo Dolz, a Reformist, was also a member, who was supposed to be the special representative of the Spanish crown.

Such is the language of reform, and the spirit of a reformist!

Socialism is either reformist, or not Socialism at all; there is no middle term.





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