Tory

[ tawr-ee, tohr-ee ]
/ ˈtɔr i, ˈtoʊr i /
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noun, plural To·ries, for 1–5.

adjective


Origin of Tory

1640–50; < Irish *tóraighe outlaw, bandit, derivative of tóir chase, pursuit

-tory

1

a suffix occurring in loanwords from Latin, originally adjectival derivatives of agent nouns ending in -tor (predatory); also forming adjectival derivatives directly from verbs (obligatory; transitory).

Origin of -tory

1
< Latin -tōrius, equivalent to -tōr- -tor + -ius adj. suffix

-tory

2

a suffix occurring in loanwords from Latin, usually derivatives from agent nouns ending in -tor or directly from verbs, denoting a place or object appropriate for the activity of the verb: dormitory; repository.

Origin of -tory

2
< Latin -tōrium, noun use of neuter of -tōrius -tory1

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British Dictionary definitions for tory

Tory

/ (ˈtɔːrɪ) /

noun plural -ries

adjective

of, characteristic of, or relating to Tories
(sometimes not capital) ultraconservative or reactionary
Derived FormsToryish, adjectiveToryism, noun

Word Origin for Tory

C17: from Irish tōraidhe outlaw, from Middle Irish tōir pursuit

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Word Origin and History for tory

Tory

n.

1566, "an outlaw," specifically "a robber," from Irish toruighe "plunderer," originally "pursuer, searcher," from Old Irish toirighim "I pursue," related to toracht "pursuit." About 1646, it emerged as a derogatory term for Irish Catholics dispossessed of their land (some of whom subsequently turned to outlawry); c.1680 applied by Exclusioners to supporters of the Catholic Duke of York (later James II) in his succession to the throne of England. After 1689, Tory was the name of a British political party at first composed of Yorkist Tories of 1680. Superseded c.1830 by Conservative, though it continues to be used colloquially. In American history, Tory was the name given after 1769 to colonists who remained loyal to George III of England.

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