disloyalty

[ dis-loi-uhl-tee ]
/ dɪsˈlɔɪ əl ti /

noun, plural dis·loy·al·ties.

the quality of being disloyal; lack of loyalty; unfaithfulness.
violation of allegiance or duty, as to a government.
a disloyal act.

Origin of disloyalty

1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French desloiaute, Old French desleaute, equivalent to desleal disloyal + -te -ty2
SYNONYMS FOR disloyalty
1 faithlessness, subversion.

Synonym study

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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British Dictionary definitions for disloyalty

disloyalty

/ (dɪsˈlɔɪəltɪ) /

noun plural -ties

the condition or an instance of being unfaithful or disloyal
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Word Origin and History for disloyalty

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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