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1. A person who acts independently or remains neutral, especially in politics.
2. often Mugwump A Republican who bolted the party in 1884, refusing to support presidential candidate James G. Blaine.
[Massachusett mugguomp, mummugguomp, war leader.]
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) US a neutral or independent person, esp in politics
[C19: from Algonquian: great chief, from mogki great + -omp man]
ˈmugˌwumpery, ˈmugˌwumpism n
1. a Republican who refused to support the party nominee, James G. Blaine, in the presidential campaign of 1884.
2. a person who takes an independent position.
[1830–35, Amer.; artificial 19th-century revival of Massachusett (E sp.) mugquomp, syncopated form of muggumquomp war leader]
A person who remains independent or neutral in politics.
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|Noun||1.||Mugwump - someone who bolted from the Republican Party during the U.S. presidential election of 1884|
|2.||mugwump - a neutral or uncommitted person (especially in politics)|
political science, politics, government - the study of government of states and other political units
individualist - a person who pursues independent thought or action