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Definition of "reformation" []

  • The act of reforming or the state of being reformed. (noun)
  • A 16th-century movement in Western Europe that aimed at reforming some doctrines and practices of the Roman Catholic Church and resulted in the establishment of the Protestant churches. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "reformation" in a sentence
  • "_reformation_, not the _destruction_ of her former faith, by the very act of reformation she found herself opposed to two bodies; namely, _that_ from which she separated, and the ultra-reformers or Puritans, who clamoured for"
  • "Only in his early years did Luther use the term reformation at all."
  • "When he learns the meaning and intention of the law, and becomes reconciled to it, like a wild animal tamed, his reformation is achieved."