Whiggism


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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.
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To some extent, it is best thought of in this era as an unstable compound comprising a range of contradictory elements, including utilitarianism, Whiggism, evangelicalism, and so on.
(38.) De Quincey, "A Tory's Account of Toryism, Whiggism,
Interestingly, Country Whiggism reemerged in a strictly American context in arguments against ratifying the Constitution, which suggests a certain quality of populism to the Anti-Federalists.
To imagine a necessary 'Progress', a straight hodden gray line from Ramsay's populist and improving Proverbs to Burns' radical song is to re-inscribe an Enlightenment Whiggism that has been rightly debunked.
(2.) Hereafter, the quotations from De Quincey's essay "A Tory's Account of Torism, Whiggism, and Radicalism" collected in volume 8 of The Works of Thomas De Quincey are marked by the volume number and the page number; his essay "The Opium and the China Question" in volume 11 is quoted with page number alone.
more hostile to property than radical Whiggism was a tangible prospect.
The triumph of Whiggism, in his view, meant not only more cakes and ale but also a more stable, less violent political order.
To these categories of translation--direct, secondary/intermediated, and intralingual--we can add other ways that Finch used translation to reimport Jacobite and feminist "source" cultures into the dominant domestic, British "target" cultures of patriarchy and Whiggism. Finch, as did other writers, used forms, value systems, or tropes that originated in texts from other languages but became naturalized in English texts and indeed known by writers and readers only or mainly in reference to those English texts.
Pilgrim's Progress, for Masson, marked the authentic emergence of the novel, while the period that followed was "an age of Whiggism and Toryism," a more cynical, cerebral era "in which one had done with The sublimities,' and winked when they were talked of' (76).
One might call it presentism, or Whiggism, or teleology, but none of these is quite right.
On the other hand, it would help to shift the emphasis from two diametrically opposed positions sustaining either his Whiggism (Hughes) or his staunch Toryism (Canfield), both equally convincing, depending on the play considered, to a different kind of politics, that borrows elements from both positions: an essentially syncretic discourse that extols libertinism and mocks puritan morality while, at the same time, containing their opposites: the disappearance or rather the extenuation of libertinism and a measured promotion of marriage.