noun To·ry \ˈtr-ē\

: a member of the British Conservative Party

plural Tories

Full Definition of TORY

:  a dispossessed Irishman subsisting as an outlaw chiefly in the 17th century
obsolete :  bandit, outlaw
a :  a member or supporter of a major British political group of the 18th and early 19th centuries favoring at first the Stuarts and later royal authority and the established church and seeking to preserve the traditional political structure and defeat parliamentary reform — compare whig
b :  conservative 1b
:  an American upholding the cause of the British Crown against the supporters of colonial independence during the American Revolution :  loyalist
often not capitalized :  an extreme conservative especially in political and economic principles
Tory adjective

Examples of TORY

  1. <a small-town Tory who saw that society was changing, much to his regret>

Origin of TORY

Irish tóraidhe outlaw, robber, from Middle Irish tóir pursuit
First Known Use: 1646

Other History Terms

agonistic, carpetbagger, enceinte, fief, historiography, paladin


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