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noun, plural loy·al·ties.
  1. the state or quality of being loyal; faithfulness to commitments or obligations.
  2. faithful adherence to a sovereign, government, leader, cause, etc.
  3. an example or instance of faithfulness, adherence, or the like: a man with fierce loyalties.
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Origin of loyalty

1350–1400; Middle English loialte < Middle French. See loyal, -ty2
Related formsnon·loy·al·ty, noun, plural non·loy·al·ties.o·ver·loy·al·ty, noun, plural o·ver·loy·al·ties.un·loy·al·ty, noun, plural un·loy·al·ties.


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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.
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noun plural -ties
  1. the state or quality of being loyal
  2. (often plural) a feeling of allegiance
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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.

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