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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Cemeteries, even ones as august as Mount Auburn, have been trying to adjust and renew their connection to the broader public even as reformers either question the very need for a cemetery or convince them to adopt such reform measures. David Sloane,, "Is the cemetery dead?," 12 May 2018 Over the past year, media from The Wall Street Journal to PBS have hailed technology schools and programs as harbingers of a new economy and reformers of a postsecondary education system that’s become over-priced, over-valued, and often irrelevant. Chuck Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The State of American Trade Schools," 13 Mar. 2019 In 2017, school reformers and charter advocates captured a majority on the Los Angeles Unified School District board. WSJ, "L.A.’s Teachers Union Can’t Do Simple Math," 4 Jan. 2019 The speech also touched on the life stories of his own family and social reformer and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Teo Armus, Washington Post, "In race for Md. governor, Jealous emphasizes unity among black Democrats," 7 July 2018 So although the bill would put checks on the algorithm, it’s turned into a controversial portion of the bill even among criminal justice reformers. German Lopez, Vox, "The Senate just passed criminal justice reform," 19 Dec. 2018 The case has been a rallying cry for criminal justice reformers, who have called the sentence heavy-handed. Michael Gold, New York Times, "Philadelphia Prosecutor Supports New Trial for Meek Mill," 16 Apr. 2018 That’s the strategy gaining momentum among criminal justice reformers in the age of Trump, as the federal government hardens its approach to law enforcement. Jon Schuppe, NBC News, "Criminal justice reformers aim big by targeting local DA races," 14 Feb. 2018 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

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First Known Use of reformer

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of reformer

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

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