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Antonyms for reform
rɪˈfɔrm

This page is about all possible antonyms and opposite words for the term reform.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. reform(noun)

    a change for the better as a result of correcting abuses

    "justice was for sale before the reform of the law courts"

  2. reform(noun)

    a campaign aimed to correct abuses or malpractices

    "the reforms he proposed were too radical for the politicians"

  3. reform(verb)

    self-improvement in behavior or morals by abandoning some vice

    "the family rejoiced in the drunkard's reform"

  4. reform(verb)

    make changes for improvement in order to remove abuse and injustices

    "reform a political system"

    Synonyms:
    rectify, regenerate, straighten out, reclaim, see the light

  5. reform, reclaim, regenerate, rectify(verb)

    bring, lead, or force to abandon a wrong or evil course of life, conduct, and adopt a right one

    "The Church reformed me"; "reform your conduct"

    Synonyms:
    refine, recover, reclaim, right, repair, tame, renew, domesticize, regenerate, restore, correct, rectify, domesticise, domesticate, revitalize, amend, straighten out, repossess, remedy, rejuvenate, remediate, see the light

  6. reform(verb)

    produce by cracking

    "reform gas"

    Synonyms:
    rectify, regenerate, straighten out, reclaim, see the light

  7. reform(verb)

    break up the molecules of

    "reform oil"

    Synonyms:
    rectify, regenerate, straighten out, reclaim, see the light

  8. reform(verb)

    improve by alteration or correction of errors or defects and put into a better condition

    "reform the health system in this country"

    Synonyms:
    rectify, regenerate, straighten out, reclaim, see the light

  9. reform, straighten out, see the light(verb)

    change for the better

    "The lazy student promised to reform"; "the habitual cheater finally saw the light"

    Synonyms:
    shed light on, reclaim, disentangle, enlighten, crystalize, clear up, crystalise, regenerate, illuminate, crystallize, iron out, sort out, square away, clear, rectify, straighten, crystallise, straighten out, clean up, elucidate, unsnarl, put right, neaten, tidy, tidy up, see the light

Wiktionary

  1. reform(noun)

    Synonyms:
    correction, rectification, reformation, amendment, rectify, better, correct, mend, restore, improve, repair, amend, reclaim

  2. 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 amend; to correct; as, to reform a profligate man; to reform corrupt manners or morals.

    Synonyms:
    correction, rectification, amendment, reformation, correct, repair, restore, better, improve, reclaim, rectify, mend, amend

  3. reform(verb)

    To return to a good state; to amend or correct one's own character or habits; as, a person of settled habits of vice will seldom reform.

    Synonyms:
    better, improve, reclaim, amend, correct, repair, restore, rectify, mend

  4. reform(verb)

    To form again or in a new configuration.

    Synonyms:
    restore, rectify, mend, reclaim, improve, amend, correct, better, repair

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. reform

    To amend is to change for the better by removing faults, errors, or defects, and always refers to that which at some point falls short of a standard of excellence. Advance, better, and improve may refer either to what is quite imperfect or to what has reached a high degree of excellence; we advance the kingdom of God, improve the minds of our children, better the morals of the people. But for matters below the point of ordinary approval we seldom use these words; we do not speak of bettering a wretched alley, or improving a foul sewer. There we use cleanse, purify, or similar words. We correct evils, reform abuses, rectify incidental conditions of evil or error; we ameliorate poverty and misery, which we can not wholly remove. We mend a tool, repair a building, correct proof; we amend character or conduct that is faulty, or a statement or law that is defective. A text, writing, or statement is amended by the author or by some adequate authority; it is often emended by conjecture. A motion is amended by the mover or by the assembly; a constitution is amended by the people; an ancient text is emended by a critic who believes that what seems to him the better reading is what the author wrote. Compare ALLEVIATE.

    Antonyms:
    aggravate, blemish, corrupt, debase, depress, deteriorate, harm, impair, injure, mar, spoil, tarnish, vitiate

    Synonyms:
    advance, ameliorate, amend, better, cleanse, correct, emend, improve, make better, meliorate, mend, mitigate, purify, rectify, repair

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. reform

    Antonyms:
    corrupt, vitiate, worsen, deteriorate, perpetuate, stabilitate, confirm, impair, deform, stereotype

    Synonyms:
    amend, ameliorate, correct, rectify, better, reclaim, regenerate, remodel, reconstitute, reorganize, improve

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. reform(v)

    Synonyms:
    reclaim, regenerate, convert, amend

How to use reform in a sentence?

  1. Jim Webb:

    Secretary Clinton yesterday gave a speech on criminal justice reform — I've been talking about this for 9 years.

  2. Bryan Stevenson:

    Race, poverty, inadequate legal assistance, and prosecutorial indifference to innocence conspired to create a textbook example of injustice, i can't think of a case that more urgently dramatizes the need for reform than what has happened to Anthony Ray Hinton.

  3. Shilan Shah:

    An election victory for Prime Minister Narendra Modi . could provide space to re-energize Prime Minister Narendra Modi . reform agenda after a lackluster 2018.

  4. Paul Ryan:

    Next year we're going to have to get back at entitlement reform.

  5. Laurence Msall:

    Decades of pension underfunding, failure of the General Assembly to provide pension reform, and the city of Chicago's years of reliance on debt to fund operations have put the city in this financial position.

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