Reformation

Definition of Reformation

Ref`or`ma´tion   Pronunciation: r?f`?r`m?´sh?n
n.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.(Eccl. Hist.) 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.

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