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

Definition of disloyalty

: lack of loyalty

Examples of disloyalty in a Sentence

His disloyalty to the company led to his dismissal. She had no tolerance for disloyalty among those under her command.
Recent Examples on the Web The Alaska Division of Elections must review and enforce the state constitution’s disloyalty clause when determining a candidate’s eligibility for public office, an Anchorage judge ordered on Monday. Sean Maguire, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Sep. 2022 Opponents accused him of disloyalty and of associating with communists and radicals at the ACLU. John Fabian Witt, The New Republic, 26 Aug. 2022 The rest of us would be forgiven for any acts of disloyalty. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, 2 Sep. 2022 As Zarina Sautieva, a human-rights advocate and researcher from nearby Ingushetia, has argued, the insurgency resurrected age-old Russian fears of ethnic disloyalty, and severely limited the number of Dagestani draftees in the military. Keith Gessen, The New Yorker, 18 Aug. 2022 Unfortunately, this throwback scene didn’t go over well with Yellowstone fans who are still reeling from Jamie’s disloyalty. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 10 Aug. 2022 On occasions when Fox appeared to show any disloyalty to the president, Trump railed against the network. Jeremy Barr, Washington Post, 30 July 2022 The compliance pledges would give Mr. Xi leverage over any official found violating the overseas-assets rules, as the offending cadre would become liable for serious offenses like disloyalty and dishonesty to the party. Chun Han Wong, WSJ, 19 May 2022 Was this an indication perhaps of your disloyalty to the government? Lance Eliot, Forbes, 5 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of disloyalty

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Disloyalty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disloyalty. Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for disloyalty


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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