- 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 allegiances
And it was impossible to know where their allegiances truly lay.One Eye on Our Allies: The Overdue Talk About Afghan Insider Attacks
October 9, 2012
Even before the podiums are occupied, we have pledged our allegiances.The Presidential Debate as Seen by a Conservative Husband and a Liberal Wife
October 4, 2012
Their allegiances are fleeting and their numbers are growing.Independents Are Growing in Number and Drifting Away From Obama
December 9, 2011
Finally, Faris gets fed up and dumps Dave, proving that her allegiances lie with Eric.The Best 'Entourage' Cameos
July 24, 2011
My allegiances shifted precisely on the first Monday after Labor Day in 1971, when I walked into St. John's for the first time.Football, Hold the Stuffing
Charles P. Pierce
November 26, 2008
Two allegiances, two promises … and no one could tell which she would choose.The Education of Eric Lane
Mackenzie seems to be in two minds, pulled this way and that in response to two guiding notions and allegiances.
They are based on allegiances and commitments contradicted by the pragmatics of today's world.The Civilization of Illiteracy
The loyalties and allegiances to-day are at best provisional loyalties and allegiances.The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind
Herbert George Wells
It is a mass of dumb instincts and allegiances, the love of a certain quality of life, to be maintained manfully.Soliloquies in England
Word Origin and History for allegiances
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.