Reformation vs. Reform

By Jaxson

Main Difference

The main difference between Reformation and Reform is that the Reformation is a Schism within the Western Christian Church in the 16th century and Reform is a large improvement of what is wrong, corrupt, unsatisfactory

  • Reformation

    The Reformation (alternatively named the Protestant Reformation or the European Reformation) was a movement within Western Christianity in 16th-century Europe that posed a religious and political challenge to the Catholic Church and in particular to papal authority. Although the Reformation is usually considered to have started with the publication of the Ninety-five Theses by Martin Luther in 1517, there was no schism between the Catholic Church and the nascent Luther until the 1521 Edict of Worms. The edict condemned Luther and officially banned citizens of the Holy Roman Empire from defending or propagating his ideas. The end of the Reformation era is disputed: it could be considered to end with the enactment of the confessions of faith. Other suggested ending years relate to the Counter-Reformation or the Peace of Westphalia. From a Catholic perspective, the Second Vatican Council called for an end to the Counter-Reformation.

  • Reform

    Reform (Latin: reformo) means the improvement or amendment of what is wrong, corrupt, unsatisfactory, etc. The use of the word in this way emerges in the late 18th century and is believed to originate from Christopher Wyvill’s Association movement which identified “Parliamentary Reform” as its primary aim. Reform is generally regarded as antithetical to revolution.

    Developing countries may carry out a wide range of reforms to improve their living standards, often with support from international financial institutions and aid agencies. This can include reforms to macroeconomic policy, the civil service, and public financial management.

    In the United States, rotation in office or term limits would, by contrast, be more revolutionary, in altering basic political connections between incumbents and constituents.

  • Reformation (noun)

    An 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, political or religious affairs or in the conduct of persons or operation of organizations.

  • Reformation (noun)

    Change or correction, by a court in equity, to a written instrument to conform to the original intention of the parties.

  • Reform (noun)

    The change of something that is defective, broken, inefficient or otherwise negative, in order to correct or improve it

    “The elections need to undergo a serious reform.”

    “A major reform is needed to improve the efficiency in the factory.”

  • Reform (verb)

    To put into a new and improved form or condition; to restore to a former good state, or bring from bad to good; to change from worse to better

    “to reform a profligate man; to reform corrupt manners or morals; to reform a criminal”

  • Reform (verb)

    To return to a good state; to amend or correct one’s own character or habits

    “It is hoped that many criminals, upon being freed, will eventually reform.”

  • Reform (verb)

    To form again or in a new configuration.

    “This product contains reformed meat.”

    “The regiment reformed after surviving the first attack.”


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