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ˈtɔr i, ˈtoʊr iTORY

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Torynoun

    an American who favored the British side during the American Revolution

  2. Torynoun

    a member of political party in Great Britain that has been known as the Conservative Party since 1832; was the opposition party to the Whigs

  3. Torynoun

    a supporter of traditional political and social institutions against the forces of reform; a political conservative


  1. Torynoun

    A member or supporter of the British Conservative Party, which evolved from Royalist politicians; associated with upholding the rights of the monarchy and the privileges of the established Church.

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  2. Torynoun

    One who is like a British Tory; someone politically conservative.

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  3. Torynoun

    A member or supporter of the Conservative Party of Canada or one of that party's predecessors.

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  4. Torynoun

    A pejorative nickname given to the political factions who sought to exclude James, Duke of York from the throne of England (the Exclusioners) in the 17th century.

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  5. Torynoun

    A pejorative term for an Irish rebel fighting against English rule at the end of the Confederate War and Cromwellian invasion; later extended to other rebels or bandits.

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  6. Torynoun

    A loyal British citizen.

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  7. Torynoun

    A Union sympathizer.

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  8. Toryadjective

    Of or belonging to the Tory Party or the Conservative Party.

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  9. Toryadjective

    Of or belonging to the Conservative Party of Canada or one of that party's predecessors.

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  10. torynoun

    A political conservative supporting monarchy and traditional political and social institutions.

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  11. toryadjective

    conservative, right-wing

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Webster Dictionary

  1. Torynoun

    a member of the conservative party, as opposed to the progressive party which was formerly called the Whig, and is now called the Liberal, party; an earnest supporter of exsisting royal and ecclesiastical authority

  2. Torynoun

    one who, in the time of the Revolution, favored submitting tothe claims of Great Britain against the colonies; an adherent tothe crown

  3. Toryadjective

    of ro pertaining to the Tories


  1. Tory

    Tory refers to those holding a political philosophy commonly regarded as based on a traditionalist and conservative view which grew out of the Cavalier faction in the Wars of the Three Kingdoms. It is a prominent ideology in the politics of the United Kingdom, and also appears in parts of The Commonwealth, particularly in Canada. It also had exponents in parts of the former British Empire, such as the Loyalists of British America who opposed American independence during the American Revolutionary War. The Tory ethos has been summed up with the phrase 'God, King and Country'. Tories generally advocate monarchism, are usually of a High Church Anglican religious heritage, and are opposed to the radical liberalism of the Whig faction. The Tory political faction emerged within the Parliament of England to uphold the legitimist rights of James, Duke of York to succeed his brother Charles II to the throne. James II was a Catholic, while the state institutions had broken from the Catholic Church—this was an issue for the Exclusion Bill supporting Whigs, the political heirs to the nonconformist Roundheads and Covenanters. There were two Tory ministries under James II; the first led by Lord Rochester, the second by Lord Belasyse. Some were later involved in his usurpation with the Whigs, which they saw as defending the Anglican Church. Tory sympathy for the Stuarts ran deep however and some supported Jacobitism, which saw them isolated by the Hanoverians until Lord Bute's ministry under George III.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tory

    tō′ri, n. a Conservative in English politics—a term since 1830 largely superseded by Conservative, but since 1880 a good deal revived in the sense frequently of a non-conservative Conservative.—v.t. Tō′rify, to infect with Tory principles.—n. Tō′ryism, the principles of the Tories. [Ir. toiridhe, a pursuer; first applied to the Irish bog-trotters and robbers; next, about 1680, to the most hot-headed asserters of the royal prerogative.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Tory

    the old name for a Conservative in politics, generally of very decided type; originally denoted an Irish robber of the English in Ireland.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. tory

    The word tory first occurs in English history in 1679, during the struggle in Parliament occasioned by the introduction of the bill for the exclusion of the Duke of York from the line of succession, and was applied by the advocates of the bill to its opponents as a title of obloquy or contempt. The name has, however, ceased to designate any existing party; the political successors of the tories are now commonly known as conservatives. In the Revolutionary war of the United States, the loyalists were called tories.

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  3. Nouns Frequency

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Anagrams for TORY »

  1. ryot

  2. tyro

  3. troy, Troy

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of TORY in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of TORY in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of TORY in a Sentence

  1. Keir Starmer:

    We do not accept that Brexit has to mean whatever Theresa May says it means. We do not accept that there has to be a reckless Tory Brexit, we have a very different vision, a vision now about how Brexit can work for Britain and the EU.

  2. Colin Hay:

    The whole issue of Brexit and Cameron's stance on Brexit could become the basis of splits within the Tory (Conservative) party.

  3. David Steel:

    Having gone into it with the sole purpose of getting the economy right, and having got it right, you would expect a vote of thanks, but we're not getting that. Why? I think we're slightly tarred with the Tory brush.

  4. Nicola Sturgeon:

    Given current circumstances, it also feels deeply wrong for another Tory to be installed in Number 10 without a general election.

  5. Woody Fischer:

    There are still many kilometers of Mars history to explore, the strata will reveal Gale’s early history, its tory. We know there are rocks that were deposited underwater, in the lake. What is the chemistry of these rocks ? That lake represented an interface between the water and the atmosphere, and should tell us important things about the environment of the time.

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    being essentially equal to something
    • A. eloquent
    • B. extroversive
    • C. incumbent
    • D. equivalent

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