- the loyalty of a citizen to his or her government or of a subject to his or her sovereign.
- loyalty or devotion to some person, group, cause, or the like.
Origin of allegiance
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Examples from the Web for allegiance
It is likely that Baghdadi has officially gained the allegiance of a number of fighters.
Indeed, the group highlighted the oaths of allegiance in today's beheading video.
Their “consistently liberal” corollaries split their allegiance among CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and The New York Times.Pew Study: Americans Are Self-Segregating Amid Proliferating Partisan Media
October 21, 2014
We all agreed that we should film the making of Allegiance as one of the present-day threads.Why We're Obsessed With George Takei
Jennifer M. Kroot
August 20, 2014
Like an oath of allegiance to country or Constitution, one assumes.St. Hippolytus’ Careers Christians Should Never Have
May 4, 2014
You have seen duty and allegiance in the determined faces of our soldiers.
That every man may enjoy it without injury to his allegiance.A Theological-Political Treatise [Part IV]
Benedict of Spinoza
He submitted to the French power, took the oath of allegiance, and became a French citizen.The Boy Life of Napoleon
Even the political parties are losing the allegiance of the press.Commercialism and Journalism
Even Will be Will seemed to be wavering in his allegiance to Diabolus.Bunyan
James Anthony Froude
Word Origin and History for allegiance
late 14c., from Anglo-French legaunce "loyalty of a liege-man to his lord," from Old French legeance, from liege (see liege); erroneously associated with Latin ligare "to bind;" corrupted in spelling by confusion with the now-obsolete legal term allegeance "alleviation." General figurative sense of "recognition of claims to respect or duty" is attested from 1732.