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

Examples of unreformed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But by the following year, the unreformed Hamas, having killed hundreds of its rivals, had gained total control of the strip, which was then put under full Israeli blockade (with the cooperation of Egypt, which controls the Rafah crossing point in the south). Jean-Pierre Filiu, Foreign Affairs, 1 Jan. 2024 But many of these countries were not content to be part of an unreformed United States–led Western order. Leslie Vinjamuri, Foreign Affairs, 2 Oct. 2023 Jason Childs may be an unreformed Jay LeRette—the preacher minus the jail-cell epiphany, still adrift in a tumult of rages, unhelped by grace. Andrew Kay, WIRED, 17 Jan. 2023 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

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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 21 May. 2024.

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