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disloyal

[dis-loi-uhl]
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adjective
  1. false to one's obligations or allegiances; not loyal; faithless; treacherous.
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Origin of disloyal

1470–80; < Middle French desloial, Old French desleal, equivalent to des- dis-1 + leal loyal
Related formsdis·loy·al·ist, noundis·loy·al·ly, adverb

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  • Mississippi was disloyal, and didn't deserve to have any representative.

  • You will perceive that I am disloyal to a member of my Council so that I may be loyal to my country.

    The Snare

    Rafael Sabatini

  • This was considered a sort of disloyal falling away from the ruling feeling.

    Chance

    Joseph Conrad

  • It would have been disloyal, an admission that all was over, the beginning of the end.

    Romance

    Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer

  • "I demand an explanation of your disloyal conduct," said Angela proudly.


British Dictionary definitions for disloyal

disloyal

adjective
  1. not loyal or faithful; deserting one's allegiance or duty
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Derived Formsdisloyally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for disloyal

adj.

early 15c. (implied in disloyally), from Old French desloial, desleal (Modern French déloyal) "treacherous, false, deceitful," from des- (see dis-) + loial (see loyal).

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