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

Examples of reformed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Good Place, the four-season-long sitcom on which Bell plays a reformed sinner whose near-death — or, actual-death — experience galvanizes her to be a better human being. Marc Snetiker,, "Kristen Bell on Anna’s devastating moment in Frozen 2," 24 Nov. 2019 Mr Horowitz uses some unexpected examples as his case studies—Genghis Khan, Japanese samurai, Toussaint Louverture (who led a slave revolt in Haiti) and a reformed gang leader called Shaka Senghor. The Economist, "Creating the right culture in a business," 24 Oct. 2019 Since 2018, the reformed group has been touring North America and Europe as well as embarking on dates with Noel Gallagher. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "Billy Corgan Hitting the Road for Solo Tour," 3 Oct. 2019 Under reformed criminal-sentencing standards passed by state lawmakers in recent years to lesson prison populations, fifth-degree felonies carry a presumption of no jail time. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, "Ohio bill would make killing pets a felony, toughen animal cruelty penalties," 3 Oct. 2019 The sculpture includes many holes, like windows or doors, built into the curvature of the reformed tree branches so that visitors can walk or peer into the piece. Mindy Sink, The Know, "Plan a mini road trip to these immersive outdoor art installations around Colorado," 30 Sep. 2019 As founder of the nonprofit organization Free Radicals Project that counsels radicalized individuals and groups, a reformed Picciolini is inundated with pleas for help. Kristen Mcqueary,, "Column: The truth about race-baiting that Trump supporters don’t want to hear," 26 Aug. 2019 Once that cliffhanger is resolved, the season moves on to focus on the reformed Titans, which grows to include Jason (!), Hawk (Alan Ritchson), Dove (Minka Kelly), and Donna Troy/Wonder Girl (Conor Leslie). Chancellor Agard,, "It's Robin vs. Robin in exclusive Titans season 2 premiere clip," 5 Sep. 2019 The story follows Milton Siegel, a reformed journalist who turns to documentary-making and ghostwriting. Julie Kliegman, Washington Post, "Mathew Klickstein has made a career out of nostalgia. Now he’s satirizing our yearning for the past.," 14 Aug. 2019

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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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“Reformed.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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not to be intimidated or subdued

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