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English Dictionary: Tory by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
Tory
n
  1. an American who favored the British side during the American Revolution
  2. 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
  3. a supporter of traditional political and social institutions against the forces of reform; a political conservative
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Tory \To"ry\, a.
      Of ro pertaining to the Tories.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Tory \To"ry\, n.; pl. {Tories}. [ Properly used of the Irish
      bogtrotters who robbed and plundered during the English civil
      wars, professing to be in sympathy with the royal cause;
      hence transferred to those who sought to maintain the extreme
      prerogatives of the crown; probably from Ir. toiridhe, tor, a
      pursuer; akin to Ir. & Gael. toir a pursuit.]
      1. (Eng.Politics) 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 exsisting royal and ecclesiastical authority.
  
      Note: The word Tory first occurs in English history in 1679,
               during the struggle in Parliament occasioned by the
               introduction of the bill for the exclusion of the duke
               of York from the line of succession, and was applied by
               the advocates of the bill to its opponents as a title
               of obloquy or contempt. The Tories subsequently took a
               broader ground, and their leading principle became the
               maintenance of things as they were. The name, however,
               has for several years ceased to designate an existing
               party, but is rather applied to certain traditional
               maxims of public policy. The political successors of
               the Tories are now commonly known as Conservatives.
               --New Am. Cyc.
  
      2. (Amer. Hist.) One who, in the time of the Revolution,
            favored submitting tothe claims of Great Britain against
            the colonies; an adherent tothe crown.
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