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Reformation


REF'ORMATION, noun

1. The act of reforming; correction or amendment of life, manners, or of any thing vicious or corrupt; as the reformation of manners; reformation of the age; reformation of abuses.

Satire lashes vice into reformation

2. By way of eminence, the change of religion from the corruptions of popery to its primitive purity, begun by Luther, adjective D. 1517.