1. A monk of a reformed order. [Obs.] Weever.
2. An officer who, in disgrace, is deprived of his command, but retains his rank, and sometimes his pay.
(Re*form"al*ize) v. i. To affect reformation; to pretend to correctness. [R.]
(Ref`or*ma"tion) n. [F. réformation, 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 reformation of manners; reformation of the
age; reformation of abuses.
Satire lashes vice into reformation.Dryden.
2. 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.
Syn. Reform; amendment; correction; rectification. Reformation, Reform. Reformation is a more
thorough and comprehensive change than reform. It is applied to subjects that are more important, and
results in changes which are more lasting. A reformation involves, and is followed by, many particular
reforms. "The pagan converts mention this great reformation of those who had been the greatest sinners,
with that sudden and surprising change which the Christian religion made in the lives of the most profligate."
Addison. "A variety of schemes, founded in visionary and impracticable ideas of reform, were suddenly
(Re`-for*ma"tion) n. The act of forming anew; a second forming in order; as, the reformation
of a column of troops into a hollow square.
(Re*form"a*tive) a. Forming again; having the quality of renewing form; reformatory. Good.
(Re*form"a*to*ry) a. Tending to produce reformation; reformative.
(Re*form"a*to*ry), n.; pl. -ries An institution for promoting the reformation of offenders.
Magistrates may send juvenile offenders to reformatories instead of to prisons.Eng. Cyc.
1. Corrected; amended; restored to purity or excellence; said, specifically, of the whole body of Protestant
churches originating in the Reformation. Also, in a more restricted sense, of those who separated from
Luther on the doctrine of consubstantiation, etc., and carried the Reformation, as they claimed, to a
higher point. The Protestant churches founded by them in Switzerland, France, Holland, and part of
Germany, were called the Reformed churches.
The town was one of the strongholds of the Reformed faith.Macaulay.
2. Amended in character and life; as, a reformed gambler or drunkard.
3. (Mil.) Retained in service on half or full pay after the disbandment of the company or troop; said
of an officer. [Eng.]
1. One who effects a reformation or amendment; one who labors for, or urges, reform; as, a reformer of
manners, or of abuses.