[hwig-iz-uh m, wig-]


the principles or practices of Whigs.

Also Whig·ger·y [hwig-uh-ree, wig-] /ˈʰwɪg ə ri, ˈwɪg-/.

Origin of Whiggism

First recorded in 1660–70; Whig + -ism
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Examples from the Web for whiggism

Historical Examples of whiggism

  • 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