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[hwig-iz-uh m, wig-] /ˈʰwɪg ɪz əm, ˈwɪg-/
the principles or practices of Whigs.
Also, Whiggery
[hwig-uh-ree, wig-] /ˈʰwɪg ə ri, ˈwɪg-/ (Show IPA)
Origin of Whiggism
First recorded in 1660-70; Whig + -ism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for Whiggism
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  • Warren was disposed to Whiggism, and thought the king's recovery doubtful.

  • It was, as I have said, in philosophy what Whiggism was in politics.

  • He might still call himself a Whig, and exult in the growth of Whiggism.


    Leslie Stephen
  • Macaulay was not only a typical Whig, but the prophet of Whiggism to his generation.

    Hours in a Library Leslie Stephen
  • That cannot be said of a Whig; for Whiggism is a negation of all principle.'

    Life of Johnson James Boswell
  • His Whiggism is so bigoted, and his Christianity so fierce, that he almost disgusts one with two very good things!'

    Hugh Miller William Keith Leask
  • In 1834 his hostility to Whiggism was becoming more pronounced, and a tenderness for some Tory doctrines more discernible.

    Studies in Contemporary Biography

    James Bryce, Viscount Bryce
  • Whiggism is hypocritical; while professing to be liberal, it never initiates a good measure or hinders a bad one.

    Charles Bradlaugh: a Record of His Life and Work, Volume I (of 2)

    Hypatia Bradlaugh Bonner and J. M. (John Mackinnon) Robertson
  • Parnell, a few years their senior, had been introduced by Swift to Oxford as a convert from Whiggism.


    Leslie Stephen
  • It calls for no reopening of the long-hushed controversy between Democracy and Whiggism.

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