Definition of reformation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌrefəˈmeɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌrefərˈmeɪʃn//
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  1. 1[uncountable] (formal) the act of improving or changing somebody/something
  2. 2the Reformation [singular] new ideas in religion in 16th century Europe that led to attempts to reform the Roman Catholic Church and to the forming of the Protestant Churches; the period of time when these changes were taking place
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin reformatio(n-), from reformare ‘shape again’, from re- ‘back’ + formare ‘to form, shape’.
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