re·​form·​er | \ri-ˈfȯr-mər \

Definition of reformer 

1 : one that works for or urges reform

2 capitalized : a leader of the Protestant Reformation

3 : an apparatus for cracking oils or gases to form specialized products

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There’s a theory Kim is an enlightened reformer looking for a way to do things differently. Joseph Hincks/seoul, Time, "Victor Cha on What to Expect from the Trump-Kim Summit," 7 June 2018 Addams was a fabled progressive reformer who fought for civil rights, suffrage for women, educational reform and child-labor laws. Denise Davidson,, "In new book, author Jon Meacham examines 'The Soul of America'," 3 June 2018 Its defenders say the single-family house is what most people want, if not what professional planners, social reformers and academics — the elites! — want for them. Rick Hampson, USA TODAY, "The single-family house: An American symbol facing an uncertain future," 25 Apr. 2018 Both reformers and conservatives have tried to take advantage of the protests to put more blame on the current government. Heather Hurlburt, Daily Intelligencer, "The Undead Iran Nuclear Deal," 10 Jan. 2018 But unlike other reformers of his generation, Solih was never sidelined by a prison sentence or exile, a fact that propelled him into the role of the opposition party's standard-bearer. Krishan Francis, Fox News, "Calm opposition leader wins Maldives presidency amid storm," 24 Sep. 2018 Three particular works from 1957 to 1967 illustrate how King’s political thought evolved from a hopeful reformer to a radical critic. Paul Harvey, Houston Chronicle, "MLK: From 'civil saint' to 'underappreciated' radical critic (with video)," 4 Apr. 2018 In 2009, protesters were supporting reformers, but now their discontent appears to be with their leaders in general. Martin Fackler And Rick Gladstone, New York Times, "Rouhani Urges Calm in Iran as Protests Continue," 31 Dec. 2017 Education reformers have focused their efforts for years on the first student, and many have been wary of creating separate, more advanced classrooms for the second. Dana Goldstein, New York Times, "Educators Turn to Programs for Top Students to Narrow the ‘Excellence Gap’," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of reformer

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: a person who works to change and improve a society, government, etc.

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