reforming Social Security and Medicare is fair game; no reasonable observer would disagree.
And reforming the IMF and the World Bank may prove to be just as hard.
Perhaps we should focus on reforming our justice system so that the guilty are swiftly and severely punished.
While much money has been poured into security-sector reform, very little has been focused on reforming the judicial sector.
The panel says the Vatican should endorse, not oppose, reforming secular child safety laws.
Some of his bitterest persecutors were men who had once been his friends, and had gone with him in his reforming opinions.
We owe it to the sex, Renny, to give 'em a chance at reforming us.
In short, Mahmoud could not have given a better lesson to his subjects than by reforming himself.
The London apprentices had been affected deeply by the reforming preachers.
In 1506, having taken holy orders, he became pastor of Glarus and at once began to show a reforming spirit.
c.1300, "to convert into another and better form," from Old French reformer "rebuild, reconstruct, recreate" (12c.), from Latin reformare "to form again, change, transform, alter," from re- "again" (see re-) + formare "to form" (see form (n.)). Intransitive sense from 1580s.
Meaning "to bring (a person) away from an evil course of life" is recorded from early 15c.; of governments, institutions, etc., from early 15c. Related: Reformed; reforming. Reformed churches (1580s) usually are Calvinist as opposed to Lutheran. Reformed Judaism (1843) is a movement initiated in Germany by Moses Mendelssohn (1729-1786). Reform school is attested from 1859.
"any proceeding which brings back a better order of things," 1660s, from reform (v.) and in some uses from French réforme. As a branch of Judaism from 1843.