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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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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.
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.
Whiggism in historiography, as Butterfield pointed out, is not merely progressivism but presentism in any form, including Machiavelli's neo-classical cyclical view of the past and Heidegger's decadent view.
As George Grant reminded us, the triumph of the Whigs and the consolidation of the fundamental positions of Whiggism over most of the eighteenth century have meant that subsequent developments in English-speaking liberalism do little more than give detail to either Hobbesian utilitarianism or Lockean contractualism.
His Reasonings upon and Distinction between private and public Virtue are weak shallow evasive, and the whole performance an Affront and Disgrace to this Country and by one Expression I suspect his Whiggism.
If traditional marriage is unjust in excluding same-sex couples, then all previous generations were guilty of a grave injustice--and doesn't the severe whiggism of such a belief strain credulity?
8) In Pride and Prejudice, Greene interpreted these choices as ironic, locating "in the arrogant possessors of the great Whig names of Fitzwilliam and D'Arcy a satire on aspects of Whiggism.
His first Essay on the Principle of Population testified the birth of a new Whiggism by going beyond the linguistic tradition of the Foxite politics of the late 1790s.