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

Definition of disloyalty

: lack of loyalty

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Examples of disloyalty in a Sentence

she was greatly pained by her husband's disloyalty sexual abuse of a young person by a clergyman is usually regarded as the ultimate disloyalty
Recent Examples on the Web Chase and Herrell -- who won the GOP nomination in 2018 only to narrowly lose to Torres Small -- have exchanged accusations of disloyalty to Trump. Daniel Flatley, Bloomberg.com, "Battle for House Control Shaped by Bitter Primary Contests," 3 June 2020 Burr is disliked by many on the right over what some see as disloyalty to Donald Trump in his chairmanship of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "Other Senators Don’t Have Richard Burr’s Insider-Trading Problem," 9 Apr. 2020 Screening has changed that. Toughing it out is now a shameful act of disloyalty. Atul Gawande, The New Yorker, "Amid the Coronavirus Crisis, a Regimen for Reëntry," 13 May 2020 Distraught with the de-coupling of the show's early faves (and Mike's wandering eye), fans of the series took to Twitter to rant about the 24-year-old's perceived disloyalty to Leanne. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "If You Think You Fancy Mike Boateng From Love Island, Just Wait Till You See His Brothers," 27 Jan. 2020 Criticism of the party leadership is base disloyalty, which has the effect of channeling authority upwards—especially dangerous when power resides in a small group, or, most dangerous of all, in one person. Garry Kasparov, The New York Review of Books, "A Popular Front to Stop Trump," 28 Jan. 2020 An extensive torture campaign has been documented by human rights workers, intended to rub out any sense of disloyalty from the military. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, "Things have changed for Venezuela. But they're not what Juan Guaido hoped for," 21 Jan. 2020 Vile yes, because the president considers dissent as disloyalty, but not racist. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: I agree with Trump’s apologists who say ‘love it or leave it’ isn’t necessarily racist," 1 Aug. 2019 The purge spread to the Conservative Party this year with the election of Boris Johnson as leader, who expelled 21 senior Tories for disloyalty over Europe. The Economist, "The Party of Davos is the biggest loser in Britain’s election," 16 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of disloyalty

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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19 Jun 2020

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“Disloyalty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disloyalty. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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dis·​loy·​al·​ty | \ dis-ˈlȯi-əl-tē How to pronounce disloyalty (audio) \
plural disloyalties

Kids Definition of disloyalty

1 : lack of faithfulness or support The king suspected disloyalty in his advisor.
2 : an act that shows a lack of faithfulness or support She was hurt by her friend's disloyalty.

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