Whiggery


Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to Whiggery: Whiggism

Whig

 (wĭg, hwĭg)
n.
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.]

Whig′ger·y n.
Whig′gish adj.
Whig′gism n.
Mentioned in ?
References in classic literature ?
Any one who objects to Whiggery should be glad when the Whigs don't put up the strongest fellow.
Jenkins, Gladstone, Whiggery and the Liberal Party, 1874-1886, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988, 293).
However, the social conservative faction has its own deep roots in antebellum Whiggery, and a discussion of it could have helped better contextualize the efforts of Prohibitionists and, later, Christian conservatives to use the government to enforce a vision of social control.
The following extract, taken from Marchand's article on Poe's life at that period, vividly demonstrates and confirms Poe's social criticism: "his stand on the larger general questions of social reform, democracy, and progress as it was understood by industrial Whiggery, is hardly open to doubt [.
But if Blair made peace with city grandees, he did little to loosen the stranglehold of the overregulated state, and the recent banking booms in London, like those in New York, suggest rot rather than vitality, the cronyism of Court Whiggery (financial and political elites in bed together).
Do they signify Whiggery "as a Jonsonian or Shadwellian 'humour' " (195), as Susan Owen comments on Sir Barnaby Whigg, or, surprisingly, its opposite, royalism, as suggested by one of the characters with regard to Sir Lawrence's oath (90)?
Radical whiggery on the role of the militia: Ideological roots of the American revolutionary militia.
Alan Downie has pointed out, "Defoe viewed moderation essentially as whiggery.
The people of Massachusetts have lived through any number of theories, faiths and fads -- paper money, Whiggery, Abolition, water therapy, temperance, women's rights, etc.
Taking them in order, the passages in "Fate" that we have looked at reveal these contexts: the first, from November 1851 is embedded in a running string of acerbic comments on Webster, (10) one entry immediately describes "this stupid iron Whiggery," which can only refer to Webster; two pages later Emerson specifically says of Webster that "morals he has none, but a hole in his head" (JMN 11:404, 405).
This paper will demonstrate that this metropolitan hostility to the supposed 'centralising' tendencies of Russellite Whiggery was a direct consequence of the influence mobilized by a handful of radicalized parish vestries, which were the fundamental units of metropolitan local government, over the character of London's political culture--at both the local and parliamentary level.
See generally Lawrence Delbert Cress, Radical Whiggery on the Role of the Military.