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Definition of "whig" []

  • A member of the English political party or grouping that opposed the succession to the throne of James, Duke of York, in 1679–80 on the grounds that he was a Catholic. Standing for a limited monarchy, the Whigs represented the great aristocracy and the moneyed middle class for the next 80 years. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries the Whigs represented the desires of industrialists and Dissenters for political and social reform. The Whigs provided the core of the Liberal Party (noun)
  • (in the US) a supporter of the War of American Independence (noun)
  • A member of the American political party that opposed the Democrats from about 1834 to 1855 and represented propertied and professional interests (noun)
  • A conservative member of the Liberal Party in Great Britain (noun)
  • A person who advocates and believes in an unrestricted laissez-faire economy (noun)
  • A 17th-century Scottish Presbyterian, esp one in rebellion against the Crown (noun)
  • Of, characteristic of, or relating to Whigs (adjective)
  • Acidulated whey, sometimes mixed with buttermilk and sweet herbs, used as a cooling beverage. (noun)

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  • Buttermilk (noun)
  • Urge forward; drive briskly. (verb)
  • Jog along; move or work briskly. (verb)

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Use "whig" in a sentence
  • "Grete demanded after giving a lengthy lecture on something called a whig plant."
  • "As Herman notes, Duffy overturned the traditional 'whig' interpretation of the Reformation as a chapter in the glorious story of liberty."
  • "Abbreviated to "whig," it speedily became, and has in England and Scotland ever since remained, a name for the opponents of royal power."