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English definition of “the Reformation”

the Reformation

noun [S]    
the 16th-century religious ideas and activity in Europe that were an attempt to change and improve the Catholic Church, and resulted in the Protestant Churches being establishedRenaissance: 1501 to 1899Christian denominationsThe Roman Catholic Church
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