pertaining to, involving, or characteristic of the membership or methods of Tammany Hall.


Related formsTam·ma·ny·ism, nounTam·ma·ny·ite, noun
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Contemporary Examples of tammany

Historical Examples of tammany

  • O Khalid, have you forgotten that these “coppers” are the minions of Tammany?

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • Tammany Hall has warned that this man is extremely dangerous.


    Robert J. Shea

  • For Tammany is the real government that has defeated a mechanical foresight.

    A Preface to Politics

    Walter Lippmann

  • Tammany is not a freak, a strange and monstrous excrescence.

    A Preface to Politics

    Walter Lippmann

  • He's a senator, an' a leader in Tammany Hall, an' he'll be proud of you.

    The Art of Disappearing

    John Talbot Smith

Word Origin and History for tammany


synonymous with "Democratic Party in New York City," hence, late 19c., proverbial for "political and municipal corruption," from Tammany Hall, on 14th Street, headquarters of a social club incorporated 1789, named for Delaware Indian chief Tamanen, who sold land to William Penn in 1683 and '97. Around the time of the American Revolution he was popularly canonized as St. Tammany and taken as the "patron saint" of Pennsylvania and neighboring colonies, sometimes of the whole of America. He was assigned a feast day (May 1 Old Style, May 12 New Style) which was celebrated with festivities that raised money for charity, hence the easy transfer of the name to what was, at first, a benevolent association.

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