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[ri-fawr-mist] /rɪˈfɔr mɪst/
a person who advocates or practices reform; reformer.
a member of any reformed denomination.
Also, reformistic. of or belonging to a movement for reform.
1580-90; reform + -ist
Related forms
reformism, noun
antireformist, noun, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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  • The younger ones-say, those under fifty-uniformly subscribe to the reformist version.
  • F the reformist prescriptions are bad ones, there may be something wrong with the reformist diagnoses on which they are based.
  • But our federal support for home mortgage finance will eventually require its own time in the reformist spotlight.
  • Were he a reformist, it is likely that he would have been silenced months ago.
  • Even the opposition has lost much of its reformist impulse.
  • Even political violence, long an anti-reformist cancer, is simmering down.
  • He was an accomplished reformist prime minister, respected at home and abroad.
  • If his reformist zeal is genuine, he needs more time to make progress.
  • The elections should prove to be quite a test for the government's reformist credentials.
  • Unfortunately, this new deflation-busting zeal may be nothing more than a reformist fad that mistakes a symptom for the disease.
Word Origin and History for reformist

1580s, originally religious; from reform + -ist. Political sense is from 1640s. Related: Reformism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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