Monday 17 May 2010

Word of the Week: Tory

n.s. [A cant term, derived, I suppose, from an Irish word signifying a savage.] One who adheres to the antient constitution of the state, and the apostolical hierarchy of the church of England, as opposed to whig.

The knight is more a tory in the country than the town, because it more advances his interest. ADDISON.

To confound his hated coin, all parties and religions join whigs, tories. SWIFT.

From: Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language: An Anthology.

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