Definition of reformist in US English:



  • Supporting or advancing gradual reform rather than abolition or revolution.

    ‘the reformist policies of the government’
    • ‘The DPP has positioned itself as a reformist party on most social issues.’
    • ‘Students who were punished for protesting have since received support from emboldened reformist MPs.’
    • ‘Few activists in today's anti-globalisation movement have much time for traditional reformist parties.’
    • ‘Most of the socialist groups in India had driven out the revolutionaries and were reformist parties.’
    • ‘The Tories have reformist policies, but lack the electoral clout.’
    • ‘"He's the leader of the reformist movement, " she replied.’
    • ‘American capitalism was able to afford this reformist policy because of its unchallenged position of world economic dominance.’
    • ‘The ads could cause those who have supported Chen for his reformist ideals to think twice before voting for him, Tseng said.’
    • ‘Now, supporting capitalist restoration, they spouted reformist rhetoric.’
    • ‘In the past, the Democrats combined their anti-communism with liberal reformist policies.’
    • ‘Attac's programme creates new reformist illusions in order to oppose the development of the class struggle.’
    • ‘European communist parties were formed out of established socialist parties as the consequence of a rift between their revolutionary and reformist wings.’
    • ‘The Guardian Council first barred the reformist candidate from running for presidency.’
    • ‘In many instances the socialist revolutions had been betrayed by reformist leaders of workers' parties and trade unions.’
    • ‘They seek a return to the old-style reformist policies of the 1960s and 1970s.’
    • ‘Conservatives ran virtually unopposed in the election after the hard-line Guardian Council disqualified thousands of reformist candidates.’
    • ‘The twentieth century has demonstrated that it is impossible to tame capitalism by means of social reformist policies.’
    • ‘First, anyone retaining fidelity to Labour's old reformist policies was pushed out of the party or marginalised and cowed.’
    • ‘They're looking and they're asking, will the reformist policies continue?’
    • ‘The liberal and reformist defenders of the profit system are incapable of providing a viable alternative to the right wing.’
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  • A person who advocates gradual reform rather than abolition or revolution.

    • ‘They voted out the reformists who talked of democracy and human rights but brought no real improvement to the lives of the poor.’
    • ‘Therefore reformists deduce that no direct challenge to the state is necessary and civil society can be reformed.’
    • ‘Lenin argued for a united front with reformists against the generals, and revolutionaries and reformists worked together to block the military coup.’
    • ‘The new reformists are caught between two different pressures.’
    • ‘There is an ongoing and mostly hidden tussle between the reformists and the conservative clergy.’
    • ‘Ireland's environmental reformists, the Green Party, have played a shameful role during the campaign.’
    • ‘Many people are disillusioned with the reformists ' conciliatory approach.’
    • ‘Despite the popularity of the reformists, conservatives still dominate much of the government.’
    • ‘In a podium discussion on Saturday afternoon, he referred to Rosa Luxemburg's famous polemic against the reformists.’
    • ‘The Communist Party, absorbed by a struggle between reformists and hardliners, feared its security forces were disintegrating.’
    • ‘Despite their revolutionary leadership, the Turin workers went down to defeat because the national movement remained under the control of the reformists.’
    • ‘Most reformists silently observed the conservatives' consolidation of power.’
    • ‘Personal loyalty became the key criteria for the rise and fall of cabinet ministers, conservatives and reformists alike.’
    • ‘Like so many former reformists, liberals and pacifists, however, the Guardian and Observer have lurched ever further to the right.’
    • ‘They are moderate reformists who believe in the essential goodness of some members of the top echelon.’
    • ‘The reformists must not win control of the movement.’
    • ‘They have been advocated by reformists and opportunists for many years.’
    • ‘Yes, there is friction and competition between the so-called conservatives and the reformists.’
    • ‘They decried what they saw as the tendency among some conservative reformists to confuse an idealized model of Arab culture with Islam itself.’
    • ‘Since reform began in the early 1980s, Chinese politics has been primarily a battle between two factions: reformists and leftists.’
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