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 disloyal (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 By the testimony of his own staff, Trump was certainly devious, profane, suspicious, disloyal, unconcerned about morality, principles or the high ideals of public office. Los Angeles Times, 13 June 2022 But feeling overloaded and saying no without feeling guilty or disloyal is a healthy practice. Bryan Robinson, Forbes, 1 June 2022 For others, the author is disloyal to Mr. Trump, breaching trust with him and colleagues still in public life, revealing behavior and remarks thought to have been private. John Bolton, WSJ, 10 May 2022 But the briefly disloyal Republican may yet be spared. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 22 Apr. 2022 Rather than directly punish Republicans perceived to be disloyal to Trump, Republicans say the party should perhaps take a different approach — like supporting these incumbents' opponents in primaries. Kabir Khanna, CBS News, 15 Feb. 2022 Patrick responded that, in his opinion, Jackson was disloyal, rather than a racist. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 28 June 2021 In other words, a crucial way to subdue disloyal sentiment in the South would be to create a new loyal Black electorate. Jonathan W. White, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Jan. 2022 In customer experience, this manifests itself as disengagement – sales prospects don’t convert and customers become detached, if not disloyal. Jon Picoult, Forbes, 3 Nov. 2021 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disloyal. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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

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: failing to support or be true disloyal friends

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