Whig NOUN historical 1) a member of the British reforming party that sought the supremacy of Parliament, succeeded in the 19th century by the Liberal Party. 2) a supporter of the American Revolution. 3) a 17th-century Scottish Presbyterian.
DERIVATIVES Whiggery noun Whiggish adjective Whiggism noun.
ORIGIN probably a shortening of Scots whiggamore, the nickname of 17th-century Scottish rebels, from whig «to drive» + MARE(Cf. ↑mare).

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  • Whiggish — Whig gish, a. Of or pertaining to Whigs; partaking of, or characterized by, the principles of Whigs. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whiggish — gish, gēsh adjective Usage: sometimes capitalized : of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a Whig : inclined toward Whiggery whiggish principles …   Useful english dictionary

  • Whiggish — adjective Date: 1684 1. characteristic of Whigs or Whiggery 2. of, relating to, or characterized by a view which holds that history follows a path of inevitable progression and improvement and which judges the past in light of the present …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Whiggish — Whiggishly, adv. Whiggishness, n. /hwig ish, wig /, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Whigs or Whiggism. 2. inclined to Whiggism. [1670 80; WHIG + ISH1] * * * …   Universalium

  • whiggish — adjective Characteristic of a Whig; liberal …   Wiktionary

  • whiggish — whig·gish …   English syllables

  • Whiggish — /ˈwɪgɪʃ/ (say wigish) adjective characteristic of a Whig, especially having reformist or liberal political opinions. {Whig + g + ish1} –Whiggishly, adverb –Whiggishness, noun …   Australian English dictionary

  • Whig history — or Whiggish historiography presents the past as an inevitable progression towards ever greater liberty and enlightenment, culminating in modern forms of liberal democracy and constitutional monarchy. In general, Whig historians stress the rise of …   Wikipedia

  • Whig (British political faction) — The Whigs (with the Tories) are often described as one of two political parties in England and later the United Kingdom from the late 17th to the mid 19th centuries. It is more accurate to describe the original two ideas as loose groupings, or… …   Wikipedia

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