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 for Tory
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tory \To"ry\, a.
     Of or pertaining to the Tories.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tory \To"ry\, n.; pl. Tories. [ Properly used of the Irish
     bogtrotters who robbed and plundered during the English civil
     wars, professing to be in sympathy with the royal cause;
     hence transferred to those who sought to maintain the extreme
     prerogatives of the crown; probably from Ir. toiridhe, tor, a
     pursuer; akin to Ir. & Gael. toir a pursuit.]
     1. (Eng. Politics) 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 existing royal and ecclesiastical authority.
        [1913 Webster]
     Note: 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 Tories subsequently took a
           broader ground, and their leading principle became the
           maintenance of things as they were. The name, however,
           has for several years ceased to designate an existing
           party, but is rather applied to certain traditional
           maxims of public policy. The political successors of
           the Tories are now commonly known as Conservatives.
           --New Am. Cyc.
           [1913 Webster]
     2. (Amer. Hist.) One who, in the time of the Revolution,
        favored submitting to the claims of Great Britain against
        the colonies; an adherent to the crown.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: an American who favored the British side during the
           American Revolution
      2: 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: a supporter of traditional political and social institutions
         against the forces of reform; a political conservative

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  41 Moby Thesaurus words for "Tory":
     Bircher, Bourbon, Conservative, Democrat, Labourite, Republican,
     Whig, conservatist, conservative, diehard, extreme right-winger,
     hard hat, heeler, imperialist, loyalist, monarchist, partisan,
     party faithful, party hack, party man, party member,
     party wheelhorse, radical right, reactionarist, reactionary,
     reactionist, registered Democrat, registered Republican, regular,
     right, right wing, right-winger, rightist, royalist,
     social Darwinist, stalwart, standpat, standpatter,
     ultraconservative, ward heeler, wheelhorse

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