dis·​loy·​al | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈlȯi(-ə)l How to pronounce disloyal (audio) \

Definition of disloyal

: lacking in loyalty also : showing an absence of allegiance, devotion, obligation, faith, or support his disloyal refusal to help his friend

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disloyally \ (ˌ)dis-​ˈlȯi-​ə-​lē How to pronounce disloyally (audio) \ adverb

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faithless, false, disloyal, traitorous, treacherous, perfidious mean untrue to what should command one's fidelity or allegiance. faithless applies to any failure to keep a promise or pledge or any breach of allegiance or loyalty. faithless allies false stresses the fact of failing to be true in any manner ranging from fickleness to cold treachery. betrayed by false friends disloyal implies a lack of complete faithfulness to a friend, cause, leader, or country. disloyal to their country traitorous implies either actual treason or a serious betrayal of trust. traitorous acts punishable by death treacherous implies readiness to betray trust or confidence. a treacherous adviser perfidious adds to faithless the implication of an incapacity for fidelity or reliability. a perfidious double-crosser

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 on the Web The State Department’s inspector general rebuked a senior adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday, saying the aide had played a role in reassigning a staffer suspected of being disloyal to the Trump administration. Washington Post, "State Department inspector general slams smear campaign against employee," 14 Nov. 2019 Some of her senior staffers kept a list of career appointees deemed disloyal to Reagan and let the entire staff know of the list. Washington Post, "William D. Ruckelshaus, who refused to join in Nixon’s ‘Saturday Night Massacre,’ dies at 87," 27 Nov. 2019 Or disloyal to a president fully empowered to choose his own ambassadors? BostonGlobe.com, "WASHINGTON (AP) — An ambassador, her firing and a pair of fixers.," 15 Nov. 2019 Odysseus, with help from his son Telemachus and his patron goddess Athena, kills all of the suitors and the twelve palace maids found to be disloyal. cleveland, "Pittsburgh Tree of Life community visits for gun safety event; Shaker Historical Society’s Movers and Shakers benefit is Nov. 2; more: Press Run," 4 Oct. 2019 Sounds more like Donald Trump’s declaration that anyone of Jewish heritage who doesn’t support him is a disloyal American. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: The right’s right to opinion; On the governor’s remarks; A work-from-home strategy; Don’t blame Sanders (9/13/19)," 13 Sep. 2019 Leaders in the Jewish community raised concerns that the president was promoting anti-Semitic stereotypes by casting Jews as disloyal. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Trump says he was "kidding" when he called himself the "chosen one"," 24 Aug. 2019 The President’s statement that Jews who vote Democratic are either ignorant or disloyal is both foolish and dangerous. Rabbi David Wolpe, Time, "Even People Who Like Some of Trump's Policies on Israel Should Condemn His Dangerous 'Disloyalty' Comment," 21 Aug. 2019 To leave his father alone with those things would have felt disloyal, cruel, and dangerous. Deborah Treisman, The New Yorker, "David Rabe on the Netherworld of Fiction," 1 July 2019

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First Known Use of disloyal

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for disloyal

Middle English, from Anglo-French desleial, desloial, from des- dis- + leal loyal

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“Disloyal.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disloyal. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of disloyal

: failing to support or be true to someone or something : not loyal or faithful to your friends, family, country, etc.


dis·​loy·​al | \ dis-ˈlȯi-əl How to pronounce disloyal (audio) \

Kids Definition of disloyal

: failing to support or be true disloyal friends

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