reformed

adjective
re·​formed | \ ri-ˈfȯrmd How to pronounce reformed (audio) \

Definition of reformed

1 : changed for the better
2 capitalized : protestant specifically : of or relating to the chiefly Calvinist Protestant churches formed in various continental European countries

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Without such a vow, a reformed priesthood would offer young men an avenue to pursue a career of service and still find meaning and purpose, as many laymen do, with family, wife, children and grandchildren. WSJ, "Deal With the Priests Who Molest the Young," 25 Jan. 2019 Going forward, policy makers should aim for a reformed tax system that is more stable, economically efficient, simple and directly supportive of the middle class. Jason Furman, WSJ, "The Trump Tax Cuts Boosted Growth and Jobs, but at What Cost?," 18 Dec. 2018 The fictional Banks family does seem to be inspired by Travers's own family—albeit a reformed version. Rose Minutaglio, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Surprising Real-Life Inspiration for Mary Poppins," 16 Nov. 2018 And Suárez credits the Maestro’s exhortations with turning him into a reformed character. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Uruguay: Soccer’s Dead Poets Society," 29 June 2018 The reformed rules should also streamline the reporting requirements for local broadcasters. Michael O’rielly, WSJ, "A Smarter Approach to Saturday Morning Cartoons," 20 June 2018 But Bill Clinton seems to have skipped the public culpability and accountability phase and moved directly to the reformed sinner preaching phase. Susanna Schrobsdorff, Time, "Why It Matters That Bill Clinton Hasn't Really Apologized to Monica Lewinsky," 7 June 2018 A year after forming, the band was tapped by concert promoter Jam Productions for a prime gig opening for the reformed Big Star at the Metro. Chrissie Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago's Frisbie celebrates 20 years with more great tunes," 26 Apr. 2018 The initial idea for the film began with Forster and the band’s tour manager Jennifer Shagawat; footage was shot during the reformed Slits’ tour prior to Forster’s death from cancer at the age of 48. David Chiu, Billboard, "The Slits' Tessa Pollitt & Documentary Director Talk Punk Pioneers' Legacy," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of reformed

circa 1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of reformed was circa 1538

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