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reformation

 
Noun reformation has 3 senses
  1. reformation - improvement (or an intended improvement) in the existing form or condition of institutions or practices etc.; intended to make a striking change for the better in social or political or religious affairs
    --1 is a kind of
    improvement, melioration
    --1 has particulars: counterreformation
    Derived form: verb reform5
  2. Reformation, Protestant Reformation - a religious movement of the 16th century that began as an attempt to reform the Roman Catholic Church and resulted in the creation of Protestant churches
    --2 is a kind of religious movement
  3. reclamation, reformation - rescuing from error and returning to a rightful course; "the reclamation of delinquent children"
    --3 is a kind of rescue, deliverance, delivery, saving
    Derived forms: verb reform2, verb reform6, verb reform1
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