the loyalty of a citizen to their government or of a subject to their sovereign.
loyalty or devotion to some person, group, cause, or the like.
- non·al·le·giance, noun
- o·ver·al·le·giance, noun
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How to use allegiance in a sentence
In a series of more than 20 tweets, Hatem admitted that he tried to get AQAP to switch allegiances from Zawahiri to Baghdadi.
You have not been indoctrinated into unwanted-yet-inescapable tribal allegiances by your soccer-crazed countrymen.
Disgust with Congress is universal, crossing party lines and political allegiances.Rep. David Price Remembers When a Less Partisan Congress Actually Worked | Eleanor Clift | January 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Mitra, Gol-Maryam and Parivash wear their political allegiances as lightly as their crushes.
Of course, the ethnic allegiances generally remained fairly strong.Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Live In: Kevin Baker’s New York | Allen Barra | September 23, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | George Santayana
Nor were there two allegiances due, one to the community here, another to that of Great Britain.Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856, Vol. I (of 16) | Thomas Hart Benton
Mackenzie seems to be in two minds, pulled this way and that in response to two guiding notions and allegiances.Prefaces to Four Seventeenth-Century Romances | Roger Boyle
It was only a band of politicians from the other side of St. George's Channel who disowned both the great allegiances.Liberalism | L. T. Hobhouse
British Dictionary definitions for allegiance
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