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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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"I saw Farebrother yesterday-- he's Whiggish himself, hoists Brougham and Useful Knowledge; that's the worst I know of him;--and he says that Brooke is getting up a pretty strong party.
"There are whiles," said he, "when ye are altogether too canny and Whiggish to be company for a gentleman like me; but there come other whiles when ye show yoursel' a mettle spark; and it's then, David, that I love ye like a brother."
In politics, his views were those of a reactionary Tory, yet his approval of the Union because of the prosperity which it brought to Scotland indicates the strong commercial and Whiggish cast of his thought.
Pincus's paean late-seventeenth-century England as an urban, "capitalist society" (59) tout cort is oddly Whiggish: a literate, well-insured populace is housed in brick dwellings and walking well-lit streets.
This Whiggish tale casts the atmosphere of 1960s "swinging London" as a marked break from the climate of sexual repression that preceded the period.
Though the panoply of contingencies he presents makes his story anything but determined, one still glimpses the tragic tale of a labor movement stillborn by the operations of democratic politics--opposed not simply by large capitalists and their Whiggish representatives, but also hijacked by popular reforms (such as temperance and antislavery) more consanguineous with Yankee culture than with urban worker radicalism.
One modification is proper recognition of the lingering presence of Whiggish themes and topics.
Even as some have redeployed to their own ends the Whiggish history that underwrote the Protestant victory in Britain of 1688, it remains somehow problematic that so many of the accounts which paint the Catholicism of the period in a more positive light have been written by Jesuits and others who (rightly or wrongly) are easily categorized as Catholic apologists.
the first chapter, where the 'more Whiggish' Wolcot,
Winton persuasively argues that the Drury Lane management didn't reject the script because, being Whiggish, they were alarmed at the Tory satire it contained, which is minimal anyway, but because it may have looked too musically demanding for the existing company and have been just too experimental for a theatre that attracted a more conventional audience.
In the course of it he presents an economic programme of a distinctly Whiggish kind: