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  • adj. Characteristic of a Whig; liberal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to Whigs; partaking of, or characterized by, the principles of Whigs.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to whigs, in any application of the name; partaking of the principles of whigs.


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Whig +‎ -ish


  • They are, as historians like to say, very "whiggish"; they usually see the past simply as an anticipation of our present, and thus they tend to hold people in the past responsible for a future that was in fact inconceivable to them.

    An Exchange on James Madison

  • The confrontation between the metropolitan, whiggish minority around him who think like him and the majority of his party who don't is beginning.

    Tory press defenders of Middle England rail against the toffs

  • Cameron and his whiggish friends face a rough ride from the likes of Heffer and Oborne

    Tory press defenders of Middle England rail against the toffs

  • It was viewing the Norman triumphalism of the Tapestry in Bayeux, however, that led me to question the whiggish assumption that the Norman conquest was - in the immortal words of 1066 And All That - "a good thing".

    Archive 2009-10-01

  • I think the early Meiji — which is a period of experimentation, struggle and drama — makes more sense if you observe the Tokugawa-Meiji transition from the Tokugawa side rather than as the whiggish prelude to Imperialism, etc.

    井の中の蛙 » Fields and Periodization (yes, again) » Print

  • His source-documented presentation of a religious transformation that was forced on the people from the top down goes directly against the whiggish junk-istory we've been force-fed for so may centuries.

    The Myth of Lady Jane

  • On the theme of the falseness “whiggish narrative” that assumes that there was a consistent pro civil liberties left against a reactionary anti-civil liberties right, see Ken Kersch, Constructing Civil Liberties.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Interesting Article on Labor Legislation in the Progressive Era:

  • Tae oor rightfou heid, an 'damn the whiggish folly!

    Lady Traquair's Brew

  • At once, by temper and belief, they were formed to find their element in such a decent and whiggish convulsion, spectacular in its course, moderate in its purpose.

    Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin

  • (To use Hartz' terms) whiggish liberals accuse democratic liberals of being socialists (or, latterly, communists; more lately, Islamofascists and traitors); democratic liberals accuse whiggish liberals of being aristocrats (or fascists.)

    Archive 2005-03-01


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