dis·​loy·​al | \(ˌ)dis-ˈlȯi(-ə)l \

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 \-​ˈlȯi-​ə-​lē \ 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

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While peace talks between the government and the opposition stalled, Nkurunziza tightened his grip on the army, allegedly by purging officers deemed disloyal, according to the International Federation of Human Rights and local civic groups. Washington Post, "Fearing bloodshed, Burundi faces vote on president’s power," 16 May 2018 The problem is that so many in our political class are disloyal to voters. Brian Flood, Fox News, "Anonymous anti-Trump Op-Ed could pit New York Times reporters against opinion editors," 6 Sep. 2018 When john returned to the senate after his surgery last summer and voted against the republican health care bill, some people accused him of being disloyal to his party and the president, but that was not the case. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of Former Senator Joe Lieberman's Speech at John McCain's Memorial Service," 1 Sep. 2018 Trump’s longtime lawyer and fixer has sounded increasingly disloyal to the president publicly. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Michael Cohen is reportedly being investigated for $20 million in bank and tax fraud," 20 Aug. 2018 The chief one to watch will be the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, perhaps the most overtly disloyal member of the rancorous cabinet. Stephen Castle, New York Times, "On Brexit, It’s Decision Time for Theresa May (and for Her Critics)," 4 July 2018 Why not turn this into a story about disloyal staffers who are undermining the President? Chris Cillizza, CNN, "The Trump administration is trying to turn the McCain death joke into a 'leak' scandal," 14 May 2018 Says a small group of disloyal people have allowed controversy to overshadow narrative. Amy S. Rosenberg, Philly.com, "Embattled Atlantic City mayor speaks out on $10,000 campaign check controversy," 3 Apr. 2018 Like LeBron, Durant was accused of being disloyal and lazy. Nathaniel Friedman, GQ, "Kevin Durant Is in a Tricky Spot," 9 June 2018

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of disloyal

: failing to support or be true disloyal friends

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