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Whig meaning

whig - 6 dictionary results

  1. 1. Acidulated whey, sometimes mixed with buttermilk and sweet herbs, used as a cooling beverage.
  2. 2. One of a political party which grew up in England in the seventeenth century, in the reigns of Charles I. and II., when great contests existed respecting the royal prerogatives and the rights of the people. Those who supported the king in his high claims were called Tories, and the advocates of popular rights, of parliamentary power over the crown, and of toleration to Dissenters, were, after 1679, called Whigs. The terms Liberal and Radical have now generally superseded Whig in English politics. See the note under Tory.
  3. 3. One of the political party in the United States from about 1829 to 1856, opposed in politics to the Democratic party.
  4. 4. A friend and supporter of the American Revolution; - opposed to Tory, and Royalist.
  5. 5. One of an English, or American, political party.
  6. 6. Pertaining to the whig party.

whig - examples of usage

  1. He went to Maine at a time when the Whig and Democratic parties were breaking up.
  2. The elder Mr Palmer was a man of refinement, something more than a Whig in politics, and an enthusiastic member of the Broad Church party, which was then becoming a power in the country.
  3. In each case the intruders, by the arrival of reinforcements, regained for a time their lost ground; and if our Whig rulers had continued longer at the helm of affairs, the parallel might have become complete throughout.
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