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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.
But it is unlikely that for a long time to come a historian will be able to take up this subject with the essentially Whiggish belief that there is a finite quantity of social workers, bureaucrats, and dollars sufficient to conquer poverty.
As the book ends with someone who defies classification, Professor Montgomery succeeds in writing history without the whiggish sin of describing aesthetic systems teleologically as progressive steps towards some happy culmination, be it Romanticism, modernism, or post-modernism.
The book's principal significance is the evidence it offers on an important industrial city whose history does not conform to the Whiggish assumptions all too common to historians of industrial America.
In contrast, Lincoln's adept feel for the North's political fault lines--his flexibility of mind and hi ability to transcend the limits of his own point of view--were in their way representative of a certain thread of Northern, Whiggish political culture and gave rise not only to his iconic rhetoric but also to the pragmatic way that he mobilized the support of a diverse public for a politically polarizing war.
The similarities between this and previous Whiggish accounts of professionalization in medicine, however, are minimal.
The politics in question are occasionally politics in the ordinary sense, though Ovid does not direct everyone to the same side of the street: George Sandys tailors his translation to please the court of Charles I, while in the 1690s Elizabeth Singer Rowe manifests distinctly Whiggish sentiments in Ovidian contexts, and in 1717 Samuel Garth pointedly snubs George I with the dedication of his multiauthored Metamorphoses.
And as such it adheres to the predominantly conservative bent of so much television history: narratives of kings and queens, Whiggish national identities built around continuity rather change, and 'living history' which invites few questions about the nature of the past.
He is at pains to dismiss the usual Whiggish emphasis in military history on a move to better military technology and method.
Akenside shared the whiggish, republican, virulently anti-Jacobite politics of the patriot poets about whom Christine Gerrard has written so authoritatively.
But in chapters on Taylor, Mill, Newman, and Arnold, Hardman betrays a Whiggish intolerance of unpleasant actualities.