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Definitions of reformation

  1. rescuing from error and returning to a rightful course; " the reclamation of delinquent children"
  2. improvement in the existing form or condition of institutions or practices etc.; a striking change for the better in social or political or religious affairs
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. The act of changing a written contract when one of the parties can prove that the actual agreement was different than what's written down. The changes are usually made by a court when both parties overlooked a mistake in the document, or when one party has deceived the other.
  8. The act of forming again.
  9. The act of reforming: amendment: improvement: the great religious change of the 16th century, when the Protestants separated from the R. Cath. Church.
  10. Act of reforming; amendment; improvement.
  11. The act of reforming, or the state of being reformed; especially, the establishment of Protestantism in the sixteenth century.
  12. The act of reforming; the state of being reformed; correction or amendment; the act of forming anew. The Reformation, the great religious revolt of the 16th century, headed by Luther, which issued in the establishment, over a large section of Europe, of the Protestant religion.
  13. The act of changing from worse to better, as in life or manners; amendment; The Reformation, the great change in religious opinions in Europe, begun by Luther and others in 1517.

Usage examples for reformation

  1. Her long reign had established the Reformation, but toleration was a virtue beyond her conception, and beyond the age. – Select Speeches of Daniel Webster by Daniel Webster
  2. His heroes, when they need reformation, are commonly brought into the right path by the combined influence of a pretty woman and a round sum of money. – The Pirate and The Three Cutters by Frederick Marryat
  3. In England at the Reformation the King had been made head of the Church. – This Country Of Ours by H. E. Marshall Author: Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall
  4. Certain germs of theory about the Church, about its relation to pre- Reformation times, about authority in religion, were in the air, and they became absorbed in Keble's system. – The Age of Tennyson by Hugh Walker
  5. I drink to his own reformation. – Gryll Grange by Thomas Love Peacock Commentator: George Saintsbury
  6. The liberty so widely praised that followed the Reformation has been a limited liberty because it was only a literary liberty. – Gilbert Keith Chesterton by Maisie Ward
  7. In his various attempts at reformation in our orthography, he has spelled many hundreds of words in such a variety of ways, that he knows not at last which of them is right, and which are wrong. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  8. After the Reformation at the North the Church in Italy started the Counter- Reformation. – A Text-Book of the History of Painting by John C. Van Dyke
  9. Its hostility to Joan of Arc and the Reformation were alike intense. – A Wanderer in Paris by E. V. Lucas
  10. These spectacles set him thinking, and after long reflection he decided to surrender his wealth, to relinquish his happiness, and devote himself to the reformation of his people. – Modern India by William Eleroy Curtis
  11. As she often expressed a great desire to see her cousins in Albany, he called upon them, and told the story of her reformation. – Isaac T. Hopper by L. Maria Child
  12. They included a very proper demand for the reformation of vice at home. – John Knox and the Reformation by Andrew Lang
  13. Renaissance and Reformation, those mighty, revolutionary forces, have entered every country by side- doors, so to say. – The Haskalah Movement in Russia by Jacob S. Raisin
  14. It also called for a change of views in some things, and a reformation in life. – Bible-Readings-for-the-Home-Circle by
  15. The Reformation brought Scotland among the civilized nations, but it took Scotland a century and a half to live down the Reformation. – A Book of Prefaces by H. L. Mencken
  16. I myself recommended the East India Company's service, thinking that he would have less opportunity for crime out there, and that there would be a strong chance that either fever or a bullet would carry him off, for I own that I have not the slightest hope of reformation in such a character. – Colonel Thorndyke's Secret by G. A. Henty
  17. Such a frame of mind cannot fail to be attended also with an external reformation of life and manners. – True Christianity by Johann Arndt
  18. I am convinced of her reformation; or else you and my good lady would not treat her with such respect. – The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smollett
  19. Mr Morgan talked rather big, when the ladies went away, of his plans for the reformation of Carlingford. – The Perpetual Curate by Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
  20. And in general Cato esteemed the customs and manners of men at that time so corrupt, and a reformation in them so necessary, that he thought it requisite, in many things, to go contrary to the ordinary way of the world. – Plutarch-Lives-of-the-noble-Grecians-and-Romans by Clough, Arthur Hugh
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