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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During the same period, child labor laws and pension benefits, pushed for by unions and liberal reformers, created new classes of non-workers in teenagers and retirees. Livia Gershon, Longreads, "Clocking Out," 11 July 2018 Along with the reformers, the studio has curated a specialty shop comprised of the brand's favorite apparel, snacks, and home goods. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "8 Pop-Ups to Seek Out in the Hamptons This Summer," 25 May 2018 But that leaves some of the most crucial ones, starting with the finance ministry, in the hands of true reformers, or at least competents. The Economist, "Indonesia’s president is neither a grubby politician nor a diehard reformer," 10 May 2018 And liberal reformers believed that by insuring people against some risks of creative destruction, welfare states would bolster democratic support for free markets. The Economist, "Capitalism needs a welfare state to survive," 12 July 2018 What reformers do instead is try to create regulatory agencies that are given broad mandates to police areas of conduct. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Brett Kavanaugh and the new judicial activism," 12 July 2018 In the Arab Spring, reformers used those tools to organize protests and carry messages of change across the Middle East and North Africa. James Stavridis, Time, "Democracy Isn't Perfect, But It Will Still Prevail," 12 July 2018 And what sorts of changes might reformers consider, if the goal is to improve but not eliminate enforcement of U.S. borders? Margo Schlanger, Washington Post, "You’ve heard the calls to #AbolishICE. Here’s what that could mean.," 9 July 2018 This year, political reformers hoped the high court would take a stand against extreme partisan gerrymanders. David G. Savage,, "Supreme Court this year gave a preview of things to come: Wins for Trump, employers and Republicans," 1 July 2018

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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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