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- Advocating reform of an institution or body.
- Specifically, advocating reform and the gradual accumulation of small changes, as opposed to revolutionary action.
- (advocating small changes) revolutionary
reformist (plural reformists)
- One who advocates reform (of an institution).
- Specifically, one who advocates reform of society and the gradual accumulation of small changes, as opposed to revolutionary action.
- (dated, 17th C.) An advocate of reform in the Church of England; a Reformer.
- (dated, 18th century) An advocate or supporter of political reform in the United Kingdom. (Common from ca 1790 to 1830.)
- A member of a reformed religious denomination.
- James A. H. Murray [et al.], editor (1884–1928) A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles (Oxford English Dictionary), London: Clarendon Press, OCLC 15566697; and The Oxford English Dictionary; being a Corrected Re-issue with an Introduction, Supplement, and Bibliography of A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles (the First Supplement), Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1933, OCLC 2748467.
- Hélyot, Dictionnaire des Ordres Religieux, Paris, Migne, 1850
- For usage examples of this term, see Citations:reformist. (entry for reformist in the Oxford English Dictionary, first edition)