counterreformation

noun

coun·​ter·​ref·​or·​ma·​tion ˌkau̇n-tər-ˌre-fər-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce counterreformation (audio)
ˌkau̇n-tə-ˌre-fər-ˈmā-shən
1
usually Counter-Reformation : the reform movement in the Roman Catholic Church following the Reformation
2
: a reformation designed to counter the effects of a previous reformation

Word History

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of counterreformation was in 1840

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Cite this Entry

“Counterreformation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/counterreformation. Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

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