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disloyalty

[dis-loi-uhl-tee]
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noun, plural dis·loy·al·ties.
  1. the quality of being disloyal; lack of loyalty; unfaithfulness.
  2. violation of allegiance or duty, as to a government.
  3. a disloyal act.
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Origin of disloyalty

1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French desloiaute, Old French desleaute, equivalent to desleal disloyal + -te -ty2

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1. faithlessness, subversion.

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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.
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  • If she still desired his friendship, there was no disloyalty to Sidney in giving it.

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    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

disloyalty

noun plural -ties
  1. the condition or an instance of being unfaithful or disloyal
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Word Origin and History for disloyalty

n.

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.

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