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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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Recent Examples on the Web Supporters have heralded her as a vanguard reformer of teaching. Tal Kopan,, "Bay Area charter schools tap tens of millions in federal small business loans," 28 June 2020 The president campaigned as a reformer of the welfare state, the cost of which has led to large budget deficits. The Economist, "Standing apart How Uruguay has coped with covid-19," 20 June 2020 While remembered as a reformer who appointed a progressive former UAW activist, George Edwards, as police commissioner, Cavanagh failed to control the police, who managed to fend off most of Edwards’ proposed changes., "DPD's troubled relationship with Black Detroiters spans decades," 14 June 2020 His father was an economist, and his mother an active social reformer. Kim Phillips-fein, The New Republic, "The Lost Rebellious Spirit of Keynes," 9 June 2020 His Douglass Plan, named for social reformer Frederick Douglass, was touted as a comprehensive invest- ment in the Black community. Yesha Callahan, Essence, "How ESSENCE Covered The 2020 Presidential Election On The Road," 5 June 2020 Sonam Wangchuk, an education reformer who was also the inspiration for a popular movie character in India, asked fellow Indians to boycott all things Chinese in response to the border standoff. Sherisse Pham, CNN, "Google removes app that claimed to detect Chinese apps on Indian phones," 3 June 2020 Such was his tenacity that by the time of his premature death at age 42, Albert was widely regarded as a forward-thinking reformer whose innovative ideas transformed the fortunes of the nation and created a legacy that lives on today. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Prince Albert: A Victorian Hero Revealed," 2 June 2020 New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday defended the New York Police Department’s response to protests that turned violent while also touting his own record as a police reformer. Katie Honan, WSJ, "Mayor de Blasio Defends NYPD’s Response to Protests," 1 June 2020

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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 3 Jul. 2020.

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

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