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Reformation meaning

reformation - 5 dictionary results

  1. 1. 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
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. 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.
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. Act of reforming; amendment; improvement.

reformation - examples of usage

  1. Suffice it to say, that never since the Reformation of Religion in the sixteenth century has a fairer prospect been opened to the Church of our affections than is opened to her to- day. - "A Short History of the Book of Common Prayer", William Reed Huntington.
  2. In the Church of England as it existed before the Reformation, these four volumes, as I have called them, were distinct and recognized realities. - "A Short History of the Book of Common Prayer", William Reed Huntington.
  3. At the reformation, under Queen Elizabeth, charity seemed to take a different appearance: employment was found for the idle; he that was able, was obliged to labour, and the parish was obliged to assist him who could not. - "An History of Birmingham (1783)", William Hutton.
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