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a person who advocates or practices ; .
a member of any denomination.
Also, reformistic. of or belonging to a movement for .
Contemporary Examples

On the reformist side, Mousavi is joined by Mehdi Karroubi, former speaker of the Iranian parliament.
Our Friend Iran? Leslie H. Gelb June 8, 2009

reformist Award, and is a member of the Human Rights Watch Advisory Committee for the Middle East and North Africa.
Participants in the 2011 Women in the World Summit The Daily Beast February 28, 2011

There were two high-minded, reformist candidates for president in 2000.
High-Road Huntsman’s Hired Gun Jill Lawrence June 21, 2011

Then, in late 1991, the dreams of reformist socialism crashed with the end of the Soviet Union.
Meet Stephen F. Cohen, Vladimir Putin’s Best Friend in the American Media Cathy Young March 15, 2014

This week, Francis called his group of eight reformist cardinals to the Holy See for their inaugural summit on reform.
Pope Francis’s Rough Road to Reform Barbie Latza Nadeau October 2, 2013

Historical Examples

Kautsky’s toleration of reform activities thus has an opposite origin to that of the “reformist” Socialists.
Socialism As It Is William English Walling

Such is the language of reform, and the spirit of a reformist!
Calamities and Quarrels of Authors Isaac Disraeli

The reformist faction of the Spanish party also, though not so readily, approved it.
The History of Cuba, vol. 4 Willis Fletcher Johnson

Contains many articles by Revolutionary and reformist Syndicalists, strong syndicalist leanings.
The I.W.W. Paul Frederick Brissenden

Every legislative assembly is constantly besieged by the professional lobbyists of a swarm of reformist crowds.
The Behavior of Crowds Everett Dean Martin


1580s, originally religious; from reform + -ist. Political sense is from 1640s. Related: Reformism.


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