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Social reformer   /sˈoʊʃəl rɪfˈɔrmər/   Listen
Social reformer

A disputant who advocates reform.  Synonyms: crusader, meliorist, reformer, reformist.

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"Social reformer" Quotes from Famous Books

... operation could cure these evils—they needed the careful and gradual treatment of a wise physician. As in so many other ways, so here Augustus showed his wonderful instinct as a social reformer. The first requisite of all was an age of comparative peace—a healthy atmosphere in which the patient could recover his natural tone. Next in importance was the removal of the incitement to enrich yourself and to spend illegally or unprofitably, and the revival of a sense of duty ...
— Social life at Rome in the Age of Cicero • W. Warde Fowler

... those who have too much. Now, I may probably assume that we all agree in approving the contemplated end—a greater equality of wealth, and especially an elevation of the lower classes to a higher position in the scale of comfort. Every social reformer, whatever his particular creed, would probably agree that some of us are too rich, and that a great many are too poor. But we still have to ask, in what sense it is conceivable that a real suppression of competition can contribute to the desired end. It is ...
— Social Rights and Duties, Volume I (of 2) - Addresses to Ethical Societies • Sir Leslie Stephen

Words linked to "Social reformer" :   environmentalist, civil rights leader, protester, feminist, women's rightist, Dorothea Lynde Dix, Robert Owen, emancipationist, Anthony Comstock, birth-control campaigner, hippy, disputant, demonstrator, Savonarola, abolitionist, Comstock, Owen, women's liberationist, flower child, non-resistant, dry, meliorist, civil rights activist, Girolamo Savonarola, reformist, eristic, preservationist, activist, Jan Hus, Dix, insurrectionist, Hus, rebel, Huss, Francis Everett Townsend, hippie, passive resister, John Wilkes, birth-control reformer, John Huss, Townsend, controversialist, civil rights worker, militant, chartist, freedom fighter, libber, Dorothea Dix, Wilkes, prohibitionist, insurgent, conservationist, hipster, utopian

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