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To·ry

 (tôr′ē)
n. pl. To·ries
1.
a. A member of a British political party, founded in 1689, that was the opposition party to the Whigs and has been known as the Conservative Party since about 1832.
b. A member of a Conservative party, as in Canada.
2. An American who, during the period of the American Revolution, favored the British side. Also called Loyalist.
3. often tory A supporter of traditional political and social institutions against the forces of democratization or reform; a political conservative.

[Irish Gaelic tóraidhe, robber, from Old Irish tóir, pursuit; see ret- in Indo-European roots.]

To′ry adj.
To′ry·ism n.

Tory

(ˈtɔːrɪ)
n, pl -ries
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a member or supporter of the Conservative Party in Great Britain or Canada
2. (Historical Terms) a member of the English political party that opposed the exclusion of James, Duke of York from the royal succession (1679–80). Tory remained the label for subsequent major conservative interests until they gave birth to the Conservative Party in the 1830s
3. (Historical Terms) an American supporter of the British cause; loyalist. Compare Whig
4. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (sometimes not capital) an ultraconservative or reactionary
5. (Historical Terms) (in the 17th century) an Irish Roman Catholic, esp an outlaw who preyed upon English settlers
adj
6. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) of, characteristic of, or relating to Tories
7. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (sometimes not capital) ultraconservative or reactionary
[C17: from Irish tōraidhe outlaw, from Middle Irish tōir pursuit]
ˈToryish adj
ˈToryism n

To•ry

(ˈtɔr i, ˈtoʊr i)

n., pl. -ries,
adj. n.
1. a member of the Conservative Party in Great Britain or Canada.
2. a member of a British political party formed in the late 17th century, favoring royal authority and opposing reform: succeeded by the Conservative Party about 1832.
3. (often l.c.) an advocate of conservative principles.
4. a person who supported the British cause in the American Revolution; a loyalist.
5. (in the 17th century) one of a class of dispossessed Irish, nominally royalists, who became outlaws.
adj.
6. of, belonging to, or characteristic of the Tories.
7. being a Tory.
8. (often l.c.) conservative.
[1640–50; < Irish *tóraighe outlaw, bandit, derivative of tóir chase, pursuit]
To′ry•ism, n.

-tory1

,
a suffix occurring in loanwords from Latin, orig. adjectival derivatives of agent nouns ending in -tor (predatory); also forming adjectival derivatives directly from verbs (obligatory).
[< Latin -tōrius]

-tory2

,
a suffix occurring in loanwords from Latin, usu. derivatives from agent nouns ending in -tor or directly from verbs, denoting a place or object appropriate for the activity of the verb: dormitory; repository.
[< Latin -tōrium, n. use of neuter of -tōrius -tory1]

Tory

a loyalist
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Tory - an American who favored the British side during the American RevolutionTory - an American who favored the British side during the American Revolution
American - a native or inhabitant of the United States
2.Tory - a member of political party in Great Britain that has been known as the Conservative Party since 1832; was the opposition party to the Whigs
Englishman - a man who is a native or inhabitant of England
3.Tory - a supporter of traditional political and social institutions against the forces of reformTory - a supporter of traditional political and social institutions against the forces of reform; a political conservative
rightist, right-winger - a member of a right wing political party

Tory

noun
One who strongly favors retention of the existing order:
adjective
Strongly favoring retention of the existing order:
Translations

Tory

[ˈtɔːrɪ] (Brit)
A. ADJconservador
the Tory Partyel Partido Conservador
B. Nconservador(a) m/f

Tory

[ˈtɔːri]
adj (British) (= Conservative) [government, minister, MP] → tory inv, conservateur/trice
the Tory government → le gouvernement conservateur
n (= Conservative) → tory mf, conservateur/trice m/f
the Tories → les conservateurs

Tory

(Brit Pol)
nTory m, → Konservative(r) mf
adjkonservativ, Tory-; the Tory governmentdie Tory-Regierung, die konservative Regierung

Tory

[ˈtɔːrɪ]
1. adjtory inv, conservatore/trice
2. ntory m/f inv, conservatore/trice
References in classic literature ?
Footnote: The Tories were the political ancestors of the present-day Conservatives; the Whigs of the Liberals.
His first very significant work, a satire against the High-Church Tories entitled 'The Shortest Way with Dissenters,' belongs early in the reign of Queen Anne.
He made the friendship of Addison, who called him, perhaps rightly, 'the greatest genius of the age,' and of Steele, but he failed of his main purposes; and when in 1710 the Tories replaced the Whigs he accepted their solicitations and devoted his pen, already somewhat experienced in pamphleteering, to their service.
In politics he was a Tory, except when the Tories were in office, during which period he roundly abused them for being a pack of Radicals.
Next to her sat, on her right, Sir Thomas Burdon, a Radical member of Parliament, who followed his leader in public life and in private life followed the best cooks, dining with the Tories and thinking with the Liberals, in accordance with a wise and well-known rule.
The chair," proceeded Grandfather, "was now continually occupied by some of the high tories, as the king's friends were called, who frequented the British Coffee House.
Contrast that with the situation in North Lanarkshire, where last year Labour made the decision to work with the Tories rather than the SNP.
The Scottish Tories were suspiciously quiet on the issue of Scottish emergency services having to pay VAT - until they got the memo from No10.
THE Tories and DUP yesterday agreed to work together in a "confidence and supply" deal.
We are urging Labour and Liberal Democrat supporters in key marginal seats to defy their political instincts and use their vote to stop the Tories winning by a landslide.
I recall my father saying, "It's up to you who you vote for, son, but don't ever vote for the Tories, they don't care for the working class.