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 (wĭg, hwĭg)
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.
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Any one who objects to Whiggery should be glad when the Whigs don't put up the strongest fellow.
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.
The affinity between Whiggery and the culture at West Point is a central theme of my essay, "'To Check .
Overall, then, Whiggery, imperialism, oligarchy and Catonian republicanism went together, opposed to Toryism, anti-imperialism, agrarian reform and anti-Romanism.
108) For a brief description of the Whiggery that arose in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries in opposition to Britain's perceived constitutional corruptions, see WB Gwyn, The Meaning of the Separation of Powers: An Analysis of the Doctrine from its Origins to the Adoption of the United States Constitution (New Orleans: Tulane University, 1965) at 82-83.
William Gienapp has highlighted the importance of the Sumner affair in bringing erstwhile conservatives into the Republican fold, concluding that the incident eased the transition from apathy, Whiggery, or Know-Nothingism to Republicanism.
Ironically, if we overlook slavery itself, Calhoun's grounding of political philosophy in lived experience might well be credited with pointing the way toward a more humane and robust sense of liberal community than anything emanating from the pens of eighteenth-century Whiggery.
Macaulay's Whiggery and Froude's fierce Protestantism but in all cases they influenced how people then and now saw and still see history.
Nor is it easy to see how Burke reconciles such sentiments with his commitment to Whiggery with its apotheosis of the so-called Glorious Revolution of 1688, which, ironically, justified itself by charging James II with breaking the original contract between king and people