Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Conservative, a word now used in politics to denote those who now represent the old Tory party. The word seems to have first been employed in 1830, and was looked on as a kind of slang word. In a wider sense it is used to denote that habit of mind that dislikes change if it can be avoided, and clings to old things. Mr. Hardcastle, in She Stoops to Conquer, was a typical Conservative in this sense.