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ˌrɛf ərˈmeɪ ʃənref·or·ma·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. reformationnoun

    improvement (or an intended improvement) in the existing form or condition of institutions or practices etc.; intended to make a striking change for the better in social or political or religious affairs

  2. Reformation, Protestant Reformationnoun

    a religious movement of the 16th century that began as an attempt to reform the Roman Catholic Church and resulted in the creation of Protestant churches

  3. reclamation, reformationnoun

    rescuing from error and returning to a rightful course

    "the reclamation of delinquent children"


  1. reformationnoun

    An improvement (or an intended improvement) in the existing form or condition of institutions or practices etc.; intended to make a striking change for the better in social or political or religious affairs.

  2. Reformationnoun

    The religious movement initiated by Martin Luther in the 16th century to reform the Roman Catholic Church.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Reformationnoun

    Etymology: reformation, Fr. from reform.

    Never came reformation in a flood
    With such a heady current, scow’ring faults;
    Nor ever Hydra-headed wilfulness
    So soon did lose his seat, as in this king. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    Satire lashes vice into reformation. Dryden.

    The pagan converts mention this great reformation of those who had been the greatest sinners, with that sudden and surprising change, which the christian religion made in the lives of the most profligate. Addison.

    The burden of the reformation lay on Luther’s shoulders. Francis Atterbury.


  1. Reformation

    The Reformation (alternatively named the Protestant Reformation or the European Reformation) was a major movement within Western Christianity in 16th-century Europe that posed a religious and political challenge to the Catholic Church and in particular to papal authority, arising from what were perceived to be errors, abuses, and discrepancies by the Catholic Church. The Reformation was the start of Protestantism and the split of the Western Church into Protestantism and what is now the Roman Catholic Church. It is also considered to be one of the events that signified the end of the Middle Ages and the beginning of the early modern period in Europe.Prior to Martin Luther, there were many earlier reform movements. Although the Reformation is usually considered to have started with the publication of the Ninety-five Theses by Martin Luther in 1517, he was not excommunicated by Pope Leo X until January 1521. The Diet of Worms of May 1521 condemned Luther and officially banned citizens of the Holy Roman Empire from defending or propagating his ideas. The spread of Gutenberg's printing press provided the means for the rapid dissemination of religious materials in the vernacular. Luther survived after being declared an outlaw due to the protection of Elector Frederick the Wise. The initial movement in Germany diversified, and other reformers such as Huldrych Zwingli and John Calvin arose. In general, the Reformers argued that salvation in Christianity was a completed status based on faith in Jesus alone and not a process that requires good works, as in the Catholic view. Key events of the period include: Diet of Worms (1521), formation of the Lutheran Duchy of Prussia (1525), English Reformation (1529 onwards), the Council of Trent (1545–63), the Peace of Augsburg (1555), the excommunication of Elizabeth I (1570), Edict of Nantes (1598) and Peace of Westphalia (1648). The Counter-Reformation, also called the Catholic Reformation or the Catholic Revival, was the period of Catholic reforms initiated in response to the Protestant Reformation. The end of the Reformation era is disputed among modern scholars.


  1. reformation

    Reformation refers to an act of reforming or making changes to something (typically a social, political, or economic institution or practice) with the intention of improvement. It can also refer specifically to the 16th-century religious movement, which led to the establishment of the Protestant churches.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reformationnoun

    the act of reforming, or the state of being reformed; change from worse to better; correction or amendment of life, manners, or of anything vicious or corrupt; as, the reformation of manners; reformation of the age; reformation of abuses

  2. Reformationnoun

    specifically (Eccl. Hist.), the important religious movement commenced by Luther early in the sixteenth century, which resulted in the formation of the various Protestant churches


  1. Reformation

    "Reformation" is the tenth episode of the third season of the HBO original series, The Wire. The episode was written by Ed Burns from a story by David Simon & Ed Burns and was directed by Christine Moore. It originally aired on November 28, 2004.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Reformation

    the great event in the history of Europe in the 16th century, characterised as a revolt of light against darkness, on the acceptance or the rejection of which has since depended the destiny for good or evil of the several States composing it, the challenge to each of them being the crucial one, whether they deserved and were fated to continue or perish, and the crucial character of which is visible to-day in the actual conditions of the nations as they said "nay" to it or "yea," the challenge to each at bottom being, is there any truth in you or is there none? Austria, according to Carlyle, henceforth "preferring steady darkness to uncertain new light"; Spain, "people stumbling in steep places in the darkness of midnight"; Italy, "shrugging its shoulders and preferring going into Dilettantism and the Fine Arts"; and France, "with accounts run up on compound interest," had to answer the "writ of summons" with an all too indiscriminate "Protestantism" of its own.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Reformation in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Reformation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Reformation in a Sentence

  1. Cressida Williams:

    It is of the utmost significance to us to have here in our collections a copy of the core Christian text which was owned by one of the last monks of the medieval monastic community, the bible bears witness to the upheavals of the Reformation, a time which defined what the Cathedral is today, and will have a key role in telling visitors our story.

  2. R Chamberlain:

    Harsh reproof is like a violent storm, soon washed down the channel; but friendly admonitions, like a small shower, pierce deep, and bring forth better reformation.

  3. Henry Ward Beecher:

    Repentance may begin instantly, but reformation often requires a sphere of years.

  4. George Will:

    When SiSi of Egypt, head of the most important nation in the world for the Islamic world… gives an extraordinary speech saying this is a disgrace what's being done and there must be a reformation in Islam, it is just possible we've reached a critical mass of horror and things are going to change.

  5. Stacey Abrams:

    We have to have a transformation of how we view the role of law enforcement, how we view the construct of public safety, and how we invest not only in the work that we need them to do to protect us but the work that we need to do to protect and build our communities, and that’s the conversation we’re having: We’ll use different language to describe it, but fundamentally we must have reformation and transformation.

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