re·​form·​er | \ ri-ˈfȯr-mər How to pronounce reformer (audio) \

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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Congress is derelict because its members choose to be, so what can constitutionalist reformers do about it? Yuval Levin, WSJ, "‘Judicial Fortitude’ Review: Time for Congress to Do Its Job," 2 Jan. 2019 That’s especially true now that school choice is being embraced by education reformers in both political parties, including in struggling urban school districts. Bobby Jindal, WSJ, "The Moral Logic of School Choice," 25 June 2018 In the 1990s, Chinese economic reformers had the upper hand. Bob Davis, WSJ, "Trade Talks Spotlight Role of China’s State-Owned Firms," 26 Jan. 2019 He has been widely lauded, by Saudis and others, as a reformer who has brought long-overdue social and economic change to the kingdom. Kevin Sullivan, The Seattle Times, "Khashoggi death throws new light on Saudi prince’s crackdown on dissent," 23 Oct. 2018 Education reformers are concerned that Democratic state-level gains in the midterms could now jeopardize decades of real progress. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, "The Blue Wave May Wash Education Reform Away," 13 Nov. 2018 Out of necessity, female cyclists looked for alternatives, and many chose another garment that had been advocated by dress reformers decades earlier: a sturdy, waist-length cotton camisole with shoulder straps. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Wheel, the Woman, and the Human Body," 6 July 2018 The Humphrey case has been one of several recent statewide efforts by reformers to unravel California’s cash bail system. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, "State Supreme Court to review landmark case on money bail system," 23 May 2018 Later this month, a candidate favored by reformers is favored to advance in the runoff for sheriff of Dallas County in Texas. NBC News, "North Carolina voters dump Democratic sheriff who backed ICE deportation program," 13 May 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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