Tory NOUN (pl. Tories) 1) a member or supporter of the British Conservative Party. 2) a member of the English political party that opposed the exclusion of James II from the succession and later gave rise to the Conservative Party. 3) US a colonist who supported the British side during the American Revolution.
DERIVATIVES Toryism noun.
ORIGIN originally denoting Irish peasants dispossessed by English settlers and living as robbers, and extended to other marauders, especially in the Scottish Highlands: probably from Irish toraidhe 'outlaw, highwayman' .

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