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[loi-uh l-tee] /ˈlɔɪ əl ti/
noun, plural loyalties.
the state or quality of being loyal; faithfulness to commitments or obligations.
faithful adherence to a sovereign, government, leader, cause, etc.
an example or instance of faithfulness, adherence, or the like:
a man with fierce loyalties.
Origin of loyalty
1350-1400; Middle English loialte < Middle French. See loyal, -ty2
Related forms
nonloyalty, noun, plural nonloyalties.
overloyalty, noun, plural overloyalties.
unloyalty, noun, plural unloyalties.
2. fealty, devotion, constancy. Loyalty, allegiance, fidelity all imply a sense of duty or of devoted attachment to something or someone. Loyalty connotes sentiment and the feeling of devotion that one holds for one's country, creed, family, friends, etc. Allegiance applies particularly to a citizen's duty to his or her country, or, by extension, one's obligation to support a party, cause, leader, etc. Fidelity implies unwavering devotion and allegiance to a person, principle, etc.
1, 2. faithlessness. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for loyalty
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  • So we decided to give our Loyalheart a loyalty token, and here it is.

  • Like Hamlet, too, this Richard is quick to suspect even his friends' loyalty.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • There was nothing forced nor feigned in these testimonials of loyalty to George the Second.

    Old News Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The khan asserted his loyalty and that of his neighbour the Khan of Jar.

    The Story of the Malakand Field Force Sir Winston S. Churchill
  • It was they who first questioned the petals of flowers for their lovers' loyalty.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
British Dictionary definitions for loyalty


noun (pl) -ties
the state or quality of being loyal
(often pl) a feeling of allegiance
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for loyalty

c.1400, from Old French loialté, leauté "loyalty, fidelity; legitimacy; honesty; good quality" (Modern French loyauté), from loial (see loyal). Earlier leaute (mid-13c.), from the older French form. Loyalty oath first attested 1852.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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