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1. A member of an 18th- and 19th-century British political party that was opposed to the Tories.
2. A supporter of the war against England during the American Revolution.
3. A 19th-century American political party formed to oppose the Democratic Party and favoring high tariffs and a loose interpretation of the Constitution.
[Probably short for Whiggamore, , a member of a body of 17th-century Scottish Presbyterian rebels.]
1. (Historical Terms) 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. (Historical Terms) (in the US) a supporter of the War of American Independence. Compare Tory
3. (Historical Terms) a member of the American political party that opposed the Democrats from about 1834 to 1855 and represented propertied and professional interests
4. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a conservative member of the Liberal Party in Great Britain
5. (Economics) a person who advocates and believes in an unrestricted laissez-faire economy
6. (Historical Terms) history a 17th-century Scottish Presbyterian, esp one in rebellion against the Crown
(Historical Terms) 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]
ˈWhiggery, ˈWhiggism n
1. a member of a political party in Great Britain (c1679–1832) that favored reforms and parliamentary authority.
2. a member of a U.S. political party (c1834–55) formed in opposition to the Democratic Party and favoring high tariffs and a weak presidency.
3. an American colonist who supported the American Revolution.adj.
4. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Whigs.
[1635–45; earlier, a Covenanter, hence an opponent of the accession of James II; of uncertain orig., though probably in part a shortening of whiggamaire (later whiggamore), a participant in the Whiggamore Raid, a march against the royalists in Edinburgh launched by Covenanters in 1648]
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|Noun||1.||Whig - a member of the political party that urged social reform in 18th and 19th century England; was the opposition party to the Tories|
Englishman - a man who is a native or inhabitant of England
|2.||Whig - a supporter of the American Revolution|
|3.||Whig - a member of the Whig Party that existed in the United States before the American Civil War|
Whig[wɪg] (Pol, Hist)
A. N político liberal de los siglos XVII y XVIII
B. ADJ → liberal
n frühere Bezeichnung für ein Mitglied der liberalen Partei, → Whig m
adj attr → Whig-; Whig government → Whig-Regierung f