Whig
Whig Whig, n. [Said to be from whiggam, a term used in Scotland in driving horses, whiggamore one who drives horses (a term applied to some western Scotchmen), contracted to whig. In 1648, a party of these people marched to Edinburgh to oppose the king and the duke of Hamilton (the Whiggamore raid), and hence the name of Whig was given to the party opposed to the court. Cf. Scot. whig to go quickly.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Eng. Politics) 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 The terms Liberal and Radical have now generally superseded Whig in English politics.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}. [1913 Webster]

2. (Amer. Hist.) (a) A friend and supporter of the American Revolution; -- opposed to {Tory}, and {Royalist}. (b) One of the political party in the United States from about 1829 to 1856, opposed in politics to the Democratic party. [1913 Webster]


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  • whig — [ wig ] n. • 1690; mot angl. 1 ♦ Hist. Au XVIIe s., Partisan du bill d exclusion voté contre le catholique duc d York. 2 ♦ Membre du parti libéral opposé aux torys, aux XVIIIe et XIXe s. Adj. « leurs adversaires whigs » (Madelin) …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Whig — may refer to:Political parties and factionsIn the United Kingdom* Kirk Party, a faction of the Scottish Covenanters during the 17th century Wars of the Three Kingdoms, and the original Whigs. (See also Whigg and Whiggamore Raid) * Whig (British… …   Wikipedia

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  • whig — s.m. Nume dat adversarilor ducelui de York, organizaţi într un partid care, după dezmembrarea partidului, la începutul sec. XIX, au intrat în partidul liberal englez. [pr.: uig] – cuv. engl. Trimis de cata, 27.02.2002. Sursa: DEX 98  whig s. m.… …   Dicționar Român

  • Whig — British political party, 1657, in part perhaps a disparaging use of whigg a country bumpkin (1640s); but mainly a shortened form of Whiggamore (1649) one of the adherents of the Presbyterian cause in western Scotland who marched on Edinburgh in… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Whig — (pronunc. [uig]; pl. «whigs») adj. y n. Del partido liberal inglés. * * * El término Whig corresponde al antiguo nombre del partido Liberal británico. La denominación Partido Liberal comenzó a aplicarse a mediados del siglo XIX y a finales de… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • whig — /wig/, it. /wig/ s. ingl. [prob. abbrev. di Whiggamore, nome di un gruppo di insorti scozzesi, nel 1648], usato in ital. come s.m. e agg. ■ s.m. 1. (stor.) [partito storico dell Inghilterra fautore della tolleranza in campo religioso e degli… …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • Whig — [hwig, wig] n. [shortened form of whiggamore (applied to Scot Covenanters who marched on Edinburgh in 1648), an erratic form of Scot whiggamaire < whig, a cry to urge on horses + mare, horse] 1. a member of a political party in England (fl.… …   English World dictionary

  • Whig — Whig, a. Of or pertaining to the Whigs. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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