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[dis-loi-uh l-tee] /dɪsˈlɔɪ əl ti/
noun, plural disloyalties.
the quality of being disloyal; lack of loyalty; unfaithfulness.
violation of allegiance or duty, as to a government.
a disloyal act.
Origin of disloyalty
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Middle French desloiaute, Old French desleaute, equivalent to desleal disloyal + -te -ty2
1. faithlessness, subversion.
Synonym Study
1.Disloyalty, perfidy, treachery, treason imply betrayal of trust. Disloyalty applies to any violation of loyalty, whether to a person, a cause, or one's country, and whether in thought or in deeds: to suspect disloyalty in a friend. Perfidy implies deliberate breaking of faith or of one's pledges and promises, on which others are relying: It is an act of perfidy to cheat innocent people. Treachery implies being secretly traitorous but seeming friendly and loyal: In treachery deceit is added to disloyalty. Treason is performing overt acts to help the enemies of one's country or government: Acting to aid a hostile power is treason. Unabridged
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  • If she still desired his friendship, there was no disloyalty to Sidney in giving it.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • It was the only thing to do, and yet it seemed almost like disloyalty to Malcolm Dunn.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Could it be that Mercy—No; the idea of Mercy's disloyalty to him was really too ridiculous.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • Papa is all out of sorts with what he terms the disloyalty of the people.

    Rodney, the Ranger John V. Lane
  • The machine should tell you that I'm not doing so out of disloyalty.

    Security Poul William Anderson
British Dictionary definitions for disloyalty


noun (pl) -ties
the condition or an instance of being unfaithful or disloyal
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for disloyalty

early 15c., from Middle French desloyaulte, from Old French desloiaute, desleauté "disloyalty, faithlessness, marital infidelity," from desloial (see disloyal). Especially of allegiance to a state or sovereign since c.1600.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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