Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who effects a reformation or amendment: as, a reformer of manners or of abuses; specifically [capitalized], one of those who instituted or assisted in the religious reformatory movements of the sixteenth century and earlier.
- n. One who promotes or urges reform: as, a tariff reformer; a spelling reformer.
- n. One who reforms, or who works for reform.
- n. history One who was involved in the Reformation.
- n. chemical engineering, fuel cells A device which converts hydrocarbons into a hydrogen-rich mixture of gases.
- n. chemical engineering, petrochemistry A device used to convert petroleum refinery naphthas, typically having low octane ratings, into high-octane liquid products called reformates.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who effects a reformation or amendment; one who labors for, or urges, reform.
- n. (Eccl.Hist.) One of those who commenced the reformation of religion in the sixteenth century, as Luther, Melanchthon, Zwingli, and Calvin.
- n. a disputant who advocates reform
- n. an apparatus that reforms the molecular structure of hydrocarbons to produce richer fuel
“The Reformers of British origin in Canada are, no doubt, very numerous; and, owing to misconception and other causes, with which the public are now acquainted, were once desirous of hoisting a new flag; but time and reflection have been at work since, and the term reformer in Canada is no longer one with which a word of fewer syllables is synonymous.”
“During the next few days while watching the Republican Convention, when they bandy around the term reformer it might be useful to remember that Oliver Cromwell also was a reformer.”
“Reform" carries positive overtones of courage, and change, improvement, while the word "reformer" has been applied to great heroes like Teddy Roosevelt or Lincoln Steffens who fought for the powerless and the victimized.”
“I've won broad victories in New Hampshire, Michigan and Arizona, and that's what I call a reformer with results.”
“Republican presidential candidate John McCain said running mate Sarah Palin is good for the country because of what he calls her reformer credentials.”
“I'm afraid demonizing teachers while ignoring outrageous discrepancies in "reformer" talking points will lead to neither.”
“Waxman has a history as a health care reformer from the pre-1994 days.”
“The only people who earn the designation of reformer are those who are firing teachers, closing schools, or operating charters.”
“If, by happenstance, a serious reformer is elected they (the bureaucracy) will see to it that he/she is rendered impotent.”
“One of the central ironies of McCain's personal narrative as a reformer is that he was caught with his pants down in a pretty large scandal.”
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