from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A member of a British political party, founded in 1689, that was the opposition party to the Whigs and has been known as the Conservative Party since about 1832.
- n. A member of a Conservative Party, as in Canada.
- n. An American who, during the period of the American Revolution, favored the British side. Also called Loyalist.
- n. A supporter of traditional political and social institutions against the forces of democratization or reform; a political conservative.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A member or supporter of the British Conservative Party, which evolved from Royalist politicians; associated with upholding the rights of the monarchy and the privileges of the established Church.
- n. One who is like a British Tory; someone politically conservative.
- n. A member or supporter of the Conservative Party of Canada or one of that party's predecessors.
- n. A pejorative nickname given to the political factions who sought to exclude James, Duke of York from the throne of England (the Exclusioners) in the 17th century.
- n. A pejorative term for an Irish rebel fighting against English rule at the end of the Confederate War and Cromwellian invasion; later extended to other rebels or bandits.
- n. A loyal British citizen.
- n. A Union sympathizer.
- adj. Of or belonging to the Tory Party or the Conservative Party.
- adj. Of or belonging to the Conservative Party of Canada or one of that party's predecessors.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A member of the conservative party, as opposed to the progressive party which was formerly called the Whig, and is now called the Liberal, party; an earnest supporter of existing royal and ecclesiastical authority.
- n. One who, in the time of the Revolution, favored submitting to the claims of Great Britain against the colonies; an adherent to the crown.
- adj. Of or pertaining to the Tories.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Originally, an Irish robber or outlaw, one of a class noted for their outrages and savage cruelty.
- n. Hence, one who causes terror; a hector; a bully.
- n. A member of one of the two great British political parties, opposed to the Whigs and later to the Liberals.
- n. In American hist., a member of the British party during the Revolutionary period; a loyalist.
- n. In general, a conservative; one who favors established authority and institutions, especially in a monarchy or an aristocracy; a person of aristocratic principles, as opposed to a democrat or a radical.
- Pertaining to or characteristic of tories, in any sense; specifically [capitalized], belonging or relating to the Tories: as, a Tory government; Tory principles or measures. See I.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a member of political party in Great Britain that has been known as the Conservative Party since 1832; was the opposition party to the Whigs
- n. an American who favored the British side during the American Revolution
- n. a supporter of traditional political and social institutions against the forces of reform; a political conservative
As for the term Tory - can't see what's wrong with it.
The term Tory in America was, as a matter of fact, an epithet of derision applied by the revolutionists to all who opposed them.
It's a lamentable commentary on the debased state of political discourse in this country that the author of Friday's Globe report seems to think the term Tory belongs to the neo-liberal wrecking crew, to which Mr. Harper belongs but Mr. Cameron apparently does not.
Just seen this title Tory plans for electoral system on LabourHome.org - due to the Stalinist policy on comments there is no point replying there.
They hope to achieve that by bringing attention back to what they call Tory sleaze and arrogance.
It's amazing how, when you attach the word 'Tory' or 'Conservative' to a beautiful woman, her appeal almost immediately evaporates.
Unveiling a new tieless look, the Prime Minister resorted to Biblical language to condemn what he called a Tory 'assault on all the pillars of the welfare state'.
Three issues on the cards: what he calls Tory threats to the cancer guarantee, free nursery education and fair schooling.
Lib Dems hit back over 'Tory smear campaign' today at what they called a Tory-backed smear campaign as Nick Clegg, Gordon Brown and David
In January, he launched LabourList, a campaigning website designed to counter what he described as the Tory-bias of the 'blogosphere'.