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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

... relieving the suffering, elevating the life, of all around her. And this in no spirit of self-satisfied and vainglorious self-estimation, but in that utter unconsciousness which is characteristic of her whole being. Of the social reformer, the purposed philanthropist, the benefactor of the poor, the wretched, and the fallen, there is no trace in Dorothea Brooke. Grant that, as she is first presented to us, that aim is for the time ...
— The Ethics of George Eliot's Works • John Crombie Brown

... out one trait rather than another that makes Bernard Shaw, for so brilliant a man, so ineffective as a leader, or literary statesman, or social reformer, it would be his modesty. He has never ...
— Crowds - A Moving-Picture of Democracy • Gerald Stanley Lee

... the hand of a wealthy middle-aged nut, with faultless knickerbockers and a gift for lucubrated epigrams, preferring to throw in her lot (platonically) with a young and penniless social reformer, we took no notice of those who feared a scandal ("scandals are not what they were," as she said), nor of the girl's assertion that she had no use for the alleged romance of marriage. We were confident that the little god whose image, with bow and arrow, stood in the garden of Dahlia's ...
— Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 159, October 6, 1920 • Various

... banished. I have little confidence in human ability to so thoroughly comprehend the structure and functions of the Social body as to correctly foretell the steps in its evolution, or prescribe constitutional remedies which will banish Social disease. If I were a Social reformer—and were I with my present knowledge still an ingenuous youth in the fulness of strength with my life before me I do not know that I would not be a Social reformer—I would profess myself a Social agnostic, and prosecute ...
— The Inhumanity of Socialism • Edward F. Adams

... "A social reformer, eh?" said the colonel. "I didn't know the police went in for that sort of stunt. And when did he take this ...
— Jack O' Judgment • Edgar Wallace

... leads to supernatural punishment. Owen, on the contrary, held that immorality was simply a disease to be cured, and that wrath with the sinner was as much out of place as wrath with a patient. In this sense Owen's view, as I at least should hold, defines the correct starting-point of any social reformer. He has to consider a scientific problem, not to be an agent of a supernatural legislator. He should try to alter the general conditions from which social evils spring, not to deal in pardons or punishment. Owen was acting with thoroughly good sense in his early applications of this principle. ...
— The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3) - James Mill • Leslie Stephen

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