One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The action or process of reforming an institution or practice.‘the reformation of the Senate’
dramatic change, radical change, drastic alteration, radical alteration, complete shift, sea change, metamorphosis, transformation, conversion, innovation, breakawayView synonyms
- ‘A reformation of manners will present fewer drug-related problems both for individuals and for society.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘For him, the Kirk is in dire need of reformation and reviving.’
- ‘We believe in the possibility of reformation and rehabilitation.’
- ‘But reformation must start with the basic unit in society, the individual.’
- ‘Even then, long after the defeat of the saints, the myth of the coming catastrophe and reformation is never dead and forgotten.’
- ‘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 extent to which the tenth-century monastic reformation in England transformed the church should not be exaggerated.’
- ‘I'm not sure how long this reformation of the gamer stereotype will take.’
- ‘There is no doubt that the immigration system of America needs drastic reformation.’
- ‘It was on his return to Uyaynah that he first began to preach his revolutionary ideas of religious reformation on fundamentalist lines.’
- ‘Luther did indeed set out with the idea of reforming the church, but reformation quickly turned into revolution.’
- ‘The reformation of our political culture should begin with self-reform within the media.’
- ‘From the sounds of it, his return to faith is absolutely sincere, and his reformation is the real deal.’
- ‘Trusting God means trusting God even in the midst of the fear and upheaval that reformation brings.’
- ‘The full reformation of Muslim politics awaited the great upheavals of the modern era.’
- ‘They want some radical reformation of government to reflect their viewpoint of the world.’
- ‘The current white paper only suggests reformation of tax law.’
2the ReformationA 16th-century movement for the reform of abuses in the Roman Catholic Church ending in the establishment of the Reformed and Protestant Churches.
The roots of the Reformation go back to the 14th-century attacks on the wealth and hierarchy of the Church made by groups such as the Lollards and the Hussites. But the Reformation is usually thought of as beginning in 1517 when Martin Luther issued ninety-five theses criticizing Church doctrine and practice. In Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Saxony, Hesse, and Brandenburg, supporters broke away and established Protestant churches, while in Switzerland a separate movement was led by Zwingli and later Calvin
Late Middle English: from Latin reformatio(n-), from reformare ‘shape again’ (see reform).
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