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  • n. One of a breakaway faction of the British Conservative Party in the nineteenth century, characterised by a commitment to free trade and a managerial, almost technocratic, approach to government.

Etymologies

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Peel +‎ -ite, after Sir Robert Peel.

Examples

  • After Peel's death in 1850, Gladstone became leader of this 'Peelite' faction in the House of Commons.

    Conservapedia - Recent changes [en]

  • Mr. Gladstone, who was the most distinguished Peelite in the Cabinet, certainly could not, up to this period, be suspected of lukewarmness in the prosecution of the war.

    The Grand Old Man

  • The Peelite members of the cabinet were generally less inclined to war than the Whigs.

    The Grand Old Man

  • Abetted by patronage, venality, and jealously guarded civic liberties, the pre-Peelite cops were ineffectual, underpaid, and despised.

    Short Reviews

  • Originally a Conservative, he had become a freetrader with Sir Robert Peel, and for the next few years was a prominent member of the Peelite party.

    Queen Victoria Story of Her Life and Reign, 1819-1901

  • Gladstone, formerly a Peelite Tory, and for a time uncertain whether to return to the Tory fold or to join the Liberals, had yielded to Palmerston's promise of a free hand in financial matters, and had joined the Ministry as Chancellor of the Exchequer.

    Great Britain and the American Civil War

  • Mr. Gladstone, who was the most distinguished Peelite in the

    The Grand Old Man

  • In the forties she was an ardent Peelite and, when young Herbert was made Secretary of War during the Crimean campaign, she became the ally and ardent helper of Florence Nightingale.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 16 [Supplement]

  • Peelite group was still louder, and their conduct, as Mr. Morley relates, was pronounced to be “actually worse than Lord John's.”

    Lady John Russell

  • “On the whole,” said Gladstone, “Peel was the greatest man I ever knew,” and in finance he was always a Peelite.

    The Life of Froude

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