Tory meaning

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An American who, during the period of the American Revolution, favored the British side.
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A supporter of traditional political and social institutions against the forces of democratization or reform; a political conservative.
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In 1679-1680, a person who opposed the exclusion of James, Duke of York, from succession to the English throne.
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In the American Revolution, a person who advocated or actively supported continued allegiance to Great Britain.
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Any extreme conservative; reactionary.
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Of, being, or having the conservative principles of a Tory.
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A political conservative supporting monarchy and traditional political and social institutions.
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Origin of tory

  • Irish Gaelic tóraidhe robber from Old Irish tóir pursuit ret- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • See etymology at Tory.

    From Wiktionary