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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.
Origin of reformist
1580-90; reform + -ist
Related forms
reformism, noun
antireformist, noun, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Kautsky's toleration of reform activities thus has an opposite origin to that of the "reformist" Socialists.

    Socialism As It Is William English Walling
  • Such is the language of reform, and the spirit of a reformist!

  • The reformist faction of the Spanish party also, though not so readily, approved it.

    The History of Cuba, vol. 4 Willis Fletcher Johnson
  • Contains many articles by Revolutionary and reformist Syndicalists, strong syndicalist leanings.

    The I.W.W. Paul Frederick Brissenden
  • Every legislative assembly is constantly besieged by the professional lobbyists of a swarm of reformist crowds.

    The Behavior of Crowds Everett Dean Martin
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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