- fidelity to a lord.
- the obligation or the engagement to be faithful to a lord, usually sworn to by a vassal.
- fidelity; faithfulness.
Origin of fealty
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Examples from the Web for fealty
“It is our Islamic obligation to pledge allegiance to the Islamic State and give it our Islamic fealty,” he said.ISIS Targets Afghanistan Just as the U.S. Quits
Sami Yousafzai, Christopher Dickey
December 19, 2014
They called the Republican bosses and their supporters Stalwarts because of their fealty to tradition.The GOP’s Last Identity Crisis Remade U.S. Politics
July 24, 2014
Republican fealty to the interests of the investor class has been long-standing.Dawn of the Age of Oligarchy: the Alliance between Government and the 1%
June 28, 2014
They're not about amassing medals, so much as engendering goodwill; less cut-throat competition, more track and fealty.Kiss the…Queen’s Baton? The British Empire Is Alive and Well
Debra A. Klein
May 27, 2014
For all of the heat generated by skirmishes past, both Jews and African-Americans retained their fealty to the Democratic Party.Asians vs. Affirmative Action
March 31, 2014
But—if indeed, you are dazzled by the glamour of a title—do not be too confident of his fealty.The Bacillus of Beauty
Not the shadow of a doubt had crossed his mind as to the fealty of White.The Expressman and the Detective
"The fealty (faith) of the black man is white," said the negro.Memoirs of the Comtesse du Barry
Etienne Leon Lamothe-Langon
And of my fealty, so solemnly sworn, Caterina knoweth naught.
Shall she not take the vow of fealty to the State, instead of her child?
- (in feudal society) the loyalty sworn to one's lord on becoming his vassalSee homage (def. 2)
Word Origin and History for fealty
c.1300, from Old French feauté "loyalty, fidelity; homage sworn by a vassal to his overlord; faithfulness," from Latin fidelitatem (nominative fidelitas) "fidelity," from fidelis "loyal, faithful" (see fidelity).