reformatory

adjective
re·​for·​ma·​to·​ry | \ ri-ˈfȯr-mə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce reformatory (audio) \

Definition of reformatory

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reformatory

noun
plural reformatories

Definition of reformatory (Entry 2 of 2)

: a penal institution to which especially young or first offenders are committed for training and reformation

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Examples of reformatory in a Sentence

Adjective the belief that manual labor was a reformatory experience for convicted felons, who would learn the value of hard work
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After leaving the reformatory, she was sent to live with a distant relative of her mother. Petula Dvorak, Anchorage Daily News, "The woman behind Roe v. Wade said she was paid to embrace antiabortion movement, new documentary reveals," 20 May 2020 But in fact the bar is always coming up with these kinds of reformatory codes. Michael Knox Beran, National Review, "Can Today’s Soulless Institutions Be Revived?," 6 Feb. 2020 Making matters more difficult, Beshear highlighted that the state has actually lost 1,269 medium-security prison beds since 2016, mostly because of crumbling infrastructure at the aging state prisons like the reformatory in Oldham County. Joe Sonka, The Courier-Journal, "Beshear floats idea of the state buying private prisons, closing Oldham reformatory," 17 Jan. 2020 The Nickel Boys follows Elwood and Turner, teen boys sentenced to an inhumane Florida reformatory (based on the shocking true stories of abuses at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys). Lucy Feldman, Time, "The 10 Best Fiction Books of 2019," 22 Nov. 2019 But police said the place was not licensed to run any reformatory or educational program. Sam Olukoya, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Hundreds of boys, men freed from torture building in Nigeria," 27 Sep. 2019 But police said the place was not licensed to run any reformatory or educational program. NBC News, "Hundreds of boys, men freed from torture building in Nigeria," 27 Sep. 2019 The tunnel and sewer pipe used in Andy’s escape were props used in the movie that are on display inside the reformatory. Susan Glaser, cleveland.com, "‘Shawshank’ 25th anniversary: How movie redeemed Mansfield’s notorious Ohio State Reformatory," 21 July 2019 Some of the actors from the film will be on hand for the festivities, and there will be tours of the reformatory, which is reputed to harbor ghosts. Phil Marty, chicagotribune.com, "Celebrate ‘Shawshank,’ watch Illinois and Wisconsin battle it out in the Border War Beer Fest and more Midwest events," 19 July 2019

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First Known Use of reformatory

Adjective

1589, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1834, in the meaning defined above

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“Reformatory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reformatory. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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reformatory

noun
re·​for·​ma·​to·​ry | \ ri-ˈfȯr-mə-ˌtōr-ē \
plural reformatories

Legal Definition of reformatory

: a penal institution to which especially young or first offenders are committed for training and reformation

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