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English noun: reformation

1. reformation (state) 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

Broader (hypernym)improvement, melioration

Narrower (hyponym)counterreformation

2. Reformation (group) 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

SynonymsProtestant Reformation

Broader (hypernym)religious movement

3. reformation (act) rescuing from error and returning to a rightful course

SamplesThe reclamation of delinquent children.


Broader (hypernym)deliverance, delivery, rescue, saving

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