Definition of disloyal
: lacking in loyalty; also : showing an absence of allegiance, devotion, obligation, faith, or support his disloyal refusal to help his friend
disloyallyplay \-ˈlȯi-ə-lē\ adverb
Examples of disloyal in a Sentence
It would be disloyal to abandon them.
we sensed that he was disloyal and would eventually turn on us
Recent Examples of disloyal from the Web
In a rapid-fire series of angry messages about the Russia investigation and reporting on its assorted twists and turns, Trump again accused the media and disloyal officials of conspiring against him.
Meanwhile, Republicans who did voice openness to an independent investigation risked being tarred as disloyal by members of their own party (most definitely including Trump himself).
But Trump's own later statements made clear the decision was linked to his frustration that the Russia inquiry was expanding under Comey, a director whom Trump viewed as disloyal.
But Trump’s own later statements made clear the decision was linked to his frustration that the Russia inquiry was expanding under Comey, a director whom Trump viewed as disloyal.
Because to balk, even a bit, would be seen as disloyal to Trump --and that is not allowed.
By 2004, Mr. Chávez’s government had begun to blacklist workers, identifying people who had been disloyal to his government and excluding many of them from government jobs and benefits.
In a late night purge, South African President Jacob Zuma sacked the country’s finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, and dismissed nine other ministers seen as disloyal to him, a move that roiled the markets and saw the currency plummet sharply.
The statements came across to some onlookers as disloyal and unpatriotic, particularly during a time of war.
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Origin and Etymology of disloyal
Middle English, from Anglo-French desleial, desloial, from des- dis- + leal loyal
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of disloyal
DISLOYAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of disloyal for English Language Learners
: failing to support or be true to someone or something : not loyal or faithful to your friends, family, country, etc.
DISLOYAL Defined for Kids
Definition of disloyal for Students
: failing to support or be true disloyal friends
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