allegiance

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noun al·le·giance \ə-ˈlē-jən(t)s\

Definition of allegiance

  1. 1a :  the obligation of a feudal vassal to his liege lordb (1) :  the fidelity owed by a subject or citizen to a sovereign or government I pledge allegiance to my country. (2) :  the obligation of an alien to the government under which the alien resides

  2. 2 :  devotion or loyalty to a person, group, or cause allegiance to a political party

allegiant

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Examples of allegiance in a sentence

  1. He owes allegiance to them for all the help they have given him.

  2. Both candidates are working hard to convince voters to switch allegiances.

Origin and Etymology of allegiance

Middle English aligeaunce, from Anglo-French allegeance, alteration of ligeance, from lige liege


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of allegiance

fidelity, allegiance, fealty, loyalty, devotion, piety mean faithfulness to something to which one is bound by pledge or duty. fidelity implies strict and continuing faithfulness to an obligation, trust, or duty. marital fidelity allegiance suggests an adherence like that of citizens to their country. pledging allegiance fealty implies a fidelity acknowledged by the individual and as compelling as a sworn vow. fealty to the truth loyalty implies a faithfulness that is steadfast in the face of any temptation to renounce, desert, or betray. valued the loyalty of his friends devotion stresses zeal and service amounting to self-dedication. a painter's devotion to her art piety stresses fidelity to obligations regarded as natural and fundamental. filial piety


ALLEGIANCE Defined for English Language Learners

allegiance

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noun al·le·giance \ə-ˈlē-jən(t)s\

Definition of allegiance for English Language Learners

  • : loyalty to a person, country, group, etc.


ALLEGIANCE Defined for Kids

allegiance

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noun al·le·giance \ə-ˈlē-jəns\

Definition of allegiance for Students

  1. :  loyalty and service to a group, country, or idea I pledge allegiance to my country.



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