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

Examples of reformer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web European settlement dates to February 1733, when an English prison reformer led some 114 colonists to a bluff overlooking the Savannah River. Alex Pulaski, Washington Post, 8 July 2022 But all that initial bigness mattered, establishing Reagan’s bona fides as a tax reformer — and as someone who would deliver on his promises. Joseph Thorndike, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021 John Knox, the Scottish religious reformer and radical, had published The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women in 1558, the year of Elizabeth’s coronation. Erin Maglaque, The New York Review of Books, 6 Apr. 2022 My older brother meanwhile became an adviser to the chief reformer and later Prime Minister, Yegor Gaidar. Andrei Kolesnikov, CNN, 25 Dec. 2021 When the war ended in 1995, Dodik positioned himself as a reformer and founded a moderate alternative to Karadžić’s extremist party. New York Times, 14 June 2022 To win, Villanueva presented himself to Democratic voters as a progressive reformer and convinced many of his liberal credentials by promising to limit the department’s cooperation in county jails with federal immigration authorities. Los Angeles Times, 8 June 2022 While supporters hail Gascon as a reformer who is trying to change a criminal justice system fraught with inequity, critics say his moves have emboldened criminals who no longer fear harsh punishment, even for serious offenses. Fox News, 5 May 2022 He is portrayed in the Western media as a liberal reformer. Krithika Varagur, The New Republic, 11 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of reformer

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Reformer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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