verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- reflux oesophagitis,
- reflux otitis media,
- reform acts,
- reform bill,
- reform flask,
- reform jew,
- reform judaism
Origin of reform
Examples from the Web for self-reform
At our interview of the next day, Mrs. Tenbruggen's capacity for self-reform appeared under a new aspect.The Legacy of Cain|Wilkie Collins
The Latin American Republics have in turn pledged a new and strenuous effort of self-help and self-reform.
Worldly policy urged him to apply himself on the one hand to his studies and on the other to self-reform.George Muller of Bristol|Arthur T. Pierson
It is stimulating our good neighbors to more self-help and self-reform--fiscal, social, institutional, and land reforms.
Our modern reformer is not always conscious of any need for self-reform.Mountain Meditations|L. Lind-af-Hageby
Word Origin for reform
c.1300, "to convert into another and better form," from Old French reformer "rebuild, reconstruct, recreate" (12c.), from Latin reformare "to form again, change, transform, alter," from re- "again" (see re-) + formare "to form" (see form (n.)). Intransitive sense from 1580s.
Meaning "to bring (a person) away from an evil course of life" is recorded from early 15c.; of governments, institutions, etc., from early 15c. Related: Reformed; reforming. Reformed churches (1580s) usually are Calvinist as opposed to Lutheran. Reformed Judaism (1843) is a movement initiated in Germany by Moses Mendelssohn (1729-1786). Reform school is attested from 1859.
"any proceeding which brings back a better order of things," 1660s, from reform (v.) and in some uses from French réforme. As a branch of Judaism from 1843.