Definition of reformation in English:



  • 1mass noun The action or process of reforming an institution or practice.

    ‘the reformation of the Senate’
    • ‘Luther did indeed set out with the idea of reforming the church, but reformation quickly turned into revolution.’
    • ‘It was on his return to Uyaynah that he first began to preach his revolutionary ideas of religious reformation on fundamentalist lines.’
    • ‘We believe in the possibility of reformation and rehabilitation.’
    • ‘Trusting God means trusting God even in the midst of the fear and upheaval that reformation brings.’
    • ‘For him, the Kirk is in dire need of reformation and reviving.’
    • ‘The extent to which the tenth-century monastic reformation in England transformed the church should not be exaggerated.’
    • ‘Even then, long after the defeat of the saints, the myth of the coming catastrophe and reformation is never dead and forgotten.’
    • ‘The full reformation of Muslim politics awaited the great upheavals of the modern era.’
    • ‘The reformation of our political culture should begin with self-reform within the media.’
    • ‘There is no doubt that the immigration system of America needs drastic reformation.’
    • ‘Many of them are committed Reformed Baptists, but even more are men at various stages in the process of reformation.’
    • ‘He is relaxed, meanwhile, about the possibility of any reformation.’
    • ‘A reformation of manners will present fewer drug-related problems both for individuals and for society.’
    • ‘From the sounds of it, his return to faith is absolutely sincere, and his reformation is the real deal.’
    • ‘They want some radical reformation of government to reflect their viewpoint of the world.’
    • ‘I'm not sure how long this reformation of the gamer stereotype will take.’
    • ‘Punishment can also be a form of reformation, so they can change the criminal's ways and make him/her less likely to commit another crime.’
    • ‘The key to our reformation will be a positive and receptive attitude toward the totality of the human experience.’
    • ‘The current white paper only suggests reformation of tax law.’
    • ‘But reformation must start with the basic unit in society, the individual.’
    dramatic change, radical change, drastic alteration, radical alteration, complete shift, sea change, metamorphosis, transformation, conversion, innovation, breakaway
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  • 2the ReformationA 16th-century movement for the reform of abuses in the Roman Church ending in the establishment of the Reformed and Protestant Churches.


Late Middle English: from Latin reformatio(n-), from reformare ‘shape again’ (see reform).