un·​re·​formed ˌən-ri-ˈfȯrmd How to pronounce unreformed (audio)
: not reformed : uncorrected
an unreformed criminal
: not originating with or shaped by the Protestant Reformation
unreformed churches

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The frightened priest Don Abbondio remains an unreformed—if somehow sympathetic—coward to the end. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 23 Sep. 2022 To anyone who thinks that comedians ought to prioritize non-stigmatizing language, or to be reliable allies for marginalized groups, Gillis might seem strikingly unreformed. Kelefa Sanneh, The New Yorker, 19 Sep. 2022 But corruption and an unreformed judicial system are very much dashing Moldova's hope. Cristian Gherasim, CNN, 17 June 2022 The financial and monetary system remains largely unreformed from the era of strongman Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 Jan. 2022 The adoption of a new, post-dictatorship constitution – which would have reined in executive control – was scuttled by parliament last year, and the security sector, judiciary, and election laws remain largely unreformed, critics say. Nick Roll, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Dec. 2021 Thickly ribbed cashmere is tie-dyed for a high-low combo that’s sure to make Dead Heads and reformed (or unreformed) hippies smile. Kareem Rashed, Robb Report, 16 Nov. 2021 Cruz’s argument is essentially that Texans should stay in the Union—but only as long as the flaws that give Republicans an unearned boost in political and electoral power remain unreformed. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 9 Nov. 2021 But Fugazi drew lots of unreformed hardcore kids, and so the atmosphere inside the club was tense. Kelefa Sanneh, The New Yorker, 6 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of unreformed was in the 14th century

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“Unreformed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unreformed. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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