nounWord forms: plural ˈTories
in 1679-1680, a person who opposed the exclusion of James, Duke of York, from succession
to the English throne
after 1689, a member of one of the two major political parties of England: opposed
, and later, to Liberal, Radical, Laborite
; changed officially c.
1830 to Conservative
5. [often t-]
6. [also t-]
of, being, or having the conservative principles
of a Tory
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Word origin of 'Tory'Ir tōruidhe, robber, pursuer < tōir, to pursue; akin to Gael tōir, pursuit