whiggery

Whiggism

[hwig-iz-uhm, wig-]
noun
the principles or practices of Whigs.
Also, Whiggery [hwig-uh-ree, wig-] .


Origin:
1660–70; Whig + -ism

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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]
 
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