whigged

whig

[hwig, wig]
verb (used without object), whigged, whigging. Scot.
to move along briskly.

Origin:
1660–70; perhaps Scots variant of dial. fig to move briskly; see fidget

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Whig (wɪɡ)
 
n
1.  a member of the English political party or grouping that opposed the succession to the throne of James, Duke of York, in 1679--80 on the grounds that he was a Catholic. Standing for a limited monarchy, the Whigs represented the great aristocracy and the moneyed middle class for the next 80 years. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries the Whigs represented the desires of industrialists and Dissenters for political and social reform. The Whigs provided the core of the Liberal Party
2.  Compare Tory (in the US) a supporter of the War of American Independence
3.  a member of the American political party that opposed the Democrats from about 1834 to 1855 and represented propertied and professional interests
4.  a conservative member of the Liberal Party in Great Britain
5.  a person who advocates and believes in an unrestricted laissez-faire economy
6.  history a 17th-century Scottish Presbyterian, esp one in rebellion against the Crown
 
adj
7.  of, characteristic of, or relating to Whigs
 
[C17: probably shortened from whiggamore, one of a group of 17th-century Scottish rebels who joined in an attack on Edinburgh known as the whiggamore raid; probably from Scottish whig to drive (of obscure origin) + more, mer, maire horse, mare1]
 
'Whiggery
 
n
 
'Whiggism
 
n
 
'Whiggish
 
adj
 
'Whiggishly
 
adv
 
'Whiggishness
 
n

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Whig
British political party, 1657, in part perhaps a disparaging use of whigg "a country bumpkin" (c.1645); but mainly a shortened form of Whiggamore (1649) "one of the adherents of the Presbyterian cause in western Scotland who marched on Edinburgh in 1648 to oppose Charles I." Perhaps originally "a horse
drover," from dialectal verb whig "to urge forward" + mare. The name was first used 1689 in reference to members of the British political party that opposed the Tories. American Revolution sense of "colonist who opposes Crown policies" is from 1768. Later it was applied to opponents of Andrew Jackson (as early as 1825), and taken as the name of a political party (1834) that merged into the Republican Party in 1854-56.
"... in the spring of 1834 Jackson's opponents adopted the name Whig, traditional term for critics of executive usurpations. James Watson Webb, editor of the New York Courier and Enquirer, encouraged use of the name. [Henry] Clay gave it national currency in a speech on April 14, 1834, likening "the whigs of the present day" to those who had resisted George III, and by summer it was official." [Daniel Walker Howe, "What Hath God Wrought," 2007, p.390]
Whig historian is recorded from 1924. Whig history is "the tendency in many historians ... to emphasise certain principles of progress in the past and to produce a story which is the ratification if not the glorification of the present." [Herbert Butterfield, "The Whig Interpretation of History," 1931]
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