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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Even among reformers, there’s disagreement over how best to do it. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "States are trying to change a system that keeps poor people in jail. The bail industry is blocking them.," 30 Aug. 2019 Cabàn, a public defender who lost her race in a close recount earlier this month, was the latest reformer to grab national attention. Allan Smith, NBC News, "These reform prosecutors are shaking up the system. Pro-police groups aren't happy.," 19 Aug. 2019 Dickens was a social reformer; A Christmas Carol, for instance, sought to call attention to the plight of England’s poor and inspire generosity among the privileged. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "The Charles Dickens Museum Acquires ‘Lost’ Portrait of the Author as a Young Man," 20 July 2019 He has been widely regarded as a fighter for the vulnerable, a criminal justice reformer and a Police Department watchdog. Trisha Thadani,, "Adachi family hopes new report will help with ‘restoring his reputation’," 22 Aug. 2019 Around that time Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Muhammad bin Salman, was still basking in a reputation as an economic reformer. The Economist, "Britain investigates Saudi influence on two of its newspapers," 5 July 2019 In recent years, politicians on both sides of the aisle have joined criminal-justice reformers in recognizing mass incarceration as both a moral outrage and a fiscal sinkhole. Ava Kofman, ProPublica, "Digital Jail: How Electronic Monitoring Drives Defendants Into Debt," 3 July 2019 De Blasio’s handling of the death of Eric Garner at the hands of officers in 2014 permanently poisoned his relationship with officers and also many of the activists who had helped elect him as a reformer. Washington Post, "‘I can’t breathe’ case looms large over de Blasio’s tenure," 5 Aug. 2019 But the Crown Prince’s attempts to cast himself as a modernizing reformer have been undermined by his simultaneous crackdowns on dissident voices, and mounting criticism of Saudi Arabia’s role in the disastrous war in Yemen. Joseph Hincks, Time, "Saudi Arabia Is Introducing Landmark Reforms for Women. But the Activists Who Pushed For Them Remain in Prison," 5 Aug. 2019

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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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