reformation

reformation, reform can both denote a making better or a giving of a new and improved form or character and are sometimes interchangeable without loss
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the reformation of a criminal

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the reform of society

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Reformation is the more usual term as a designation of a movement that has brought about many revolutionary amendments or improvements, especially in morals or religious practices
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the Protestant Reformation

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It is also appropriate when the idea of making over so as to eradicate defects is stressed
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not directed to the reformation of what was ill— Belloc

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never came reformation in a flood, with such a heady currance, scouring faults— Shak.

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it is the moral basis of this reformation that I wish to lay— Hobson

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Reform, on the other hand, is more usual as a designation of an attempt to remove abuses, correct corrupt practices, or to make changes for the better
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hostile to all persons advocating reform

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Boeotia, choose reform or civil war!— Shelley

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a wave of municipal reform had passed over it— Ellis

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Reform also applies, as reformation does not, to a particular or specific amendment, whether achieved or proposed, as a measure of reform
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initiate sweeping reforms in the government

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a reform worthy of a good prince and of a good parliament— Macaulay

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  • réformation — [ refɔrmasjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1213; lat. reformatio ♦ Action de réformer; son résultat. 1 ♦ Vx Réforme (I, 1o). Réformation du calendrier. Réformation d un ordre religieux. ♢ Hist. relig. Réforme (I, 2o). Le monument de la Réformation, à Genève. 2 ♦… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • reformation — ref·or·ma·tion /ˌre fər mā shən/ n: the act or an instance of reforming; specif: the equitable remedy of reforming a writing (as a deed or contract) and enforcing it as reformed ◇ Reformation is allowed primarily to correct mistakes such as… …   Law dictionary

  • Reformation — may refer to:Movements: * Protestant Reformation, an attempt by Martin Luther to reform the Roman Catholic Church that resulted in a schism, and grew into a wider movement. * Counter Reformation, the Catholic Church s response to the Protestants… …   Wikipedia

  • reformation — Reformation. s. f. v. Restablissement dans l ancienne forme, ou dans une meilleure forme. La reformation des moeurs. la reformation de la justice. la reformation des finances. la reformation de la coustume. la reformation du Calendrier.… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Reformation — Ref or*ma tion (r?f ?r*m? sh?n), n. [F. r[ e]formation, L. reformatio.] 1. 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Reformation — Réformation Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Réformation est un nom donné à la Réforme protestante. La réformation est une monnaie de l ancien régime apparue en 1690. Ce document provient …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Reformation — (v. lat.), 1) Umänderung, Verbesserung; 2) die auf Grund der Heiligen Schrift 1517 im Abendlande durch Luther begonnene Reinigung der Kirche von eingeschlichenen Irrthümern u. Mißbräuchen in Lehre, Cultus, Verfassung u. ehlichem Leben. Die durch… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Reformation — Reformation. Gleich einem schnellen Tagesanbruch erscheint die große kirchliche Umgestaltung im 16. Jahrhundert. Einzelne Lichtstrahlen, die bald wieder auslöschten, gingen ihr voran. Ihren vollen Sonnenschein sahen zunächst die Alpen der Schweiz …   Damen Conversations Lexikon

  • Reformation — (lat., »Umgestaltung, Verbesserung«; hierzu die Porträttafel »Reformatoren«), die Bewegung des 16. Jahrh., welche die Entstehung des Protestantismus (s. d.) und damit der lutherischen und reformierten Kirchen zur Folge hatte. Die R. hat in alle… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • reformation — ► NOUN 1) the action or process of reforming. 2) (the Reformation) a 16th century movement for the reform of abuses in the Roman Church, ending in the establishment of the Reformed and Protestant Churches …   English terms dictionary

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