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 His first order of business, aides have said, is to crack down on disloyal Republicans. Washington Examiner, "Trump's 2024 prospects look bleak," 11 Feb. 2021 At the Department of Homeland Security, McEntee's office is determined to get all disloyal employees removed in upcoming days, three people familiar with the matter said. Josh Dawsey , Juliet Eilperin, Star Tribune, "In Trump's final days, a 30-year-old aide purges officials seen as insufficiently loyal," 13 Nov. 2020 The official said that while Mr. Pollard’s case has been used by some in the U.S. to taint Israel and paint Jewish-Americans as disloyal, his rise to fame in Israel and personal treatment by Mr. Netanyahu was politically motivated. Dov Lieber, WSJ, "Jonathan Pollard, Convicted Spy in U.S., Arrives in Israel," 30 Dec. 2020 People familiar with the interviews said Trump appointees wanted names of people perceived as disloyal. Josh Dawsey , Juliet Eilperin, Star Tribune, "In Trump's final days, a 30-year-old aide purges officials seen as insufficiently loyal," 13 Nov. 2020 Trump’s hotel in Washington, a business executive with interests in Ukraine informed the president that the American ambassador to that country was disloyal. David Montgomery, Washington Post, "Trump dramatically changed the presidency. Here’s a list of the 20 most important norms he broke — and how Biden can restore them," 10 Nov. 2020 The lawyer quit after Bannon suggested on an online broadcast that Fauci and Wray should be beheaded for being disloyal to the president. Arkansas Online, "Lawyer for Steve Bannon quits fraud case after Bannon's inflammatory remarks," 6 Nov. 2020 Disagreement is healthy, and there is nothing disloyal about voting against the majority. Kelly G. Richardson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "HOA Homefront – Civility must start somewhere," 17 Oct. 2020 One main difference is in the level of anger being leveled at Barr, a deeply conservative lawyer picked for the job after Trump complained that his predecessor, Jeff Sessions, was disloyal. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump, lagging in polls, pressures Justice Department to target Democrats and criticizes Barr," 10 Oct. 2020

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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 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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