dis·​loy·​al·​ty | \ -ˈlȯi(-ə)l-tē \

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

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But one also detects in his voice another feline characteristic, which is disloyalty. Graeme Wood, WSJ, "‘Nine Lives’ Review: Betraying al Qaeda," 31 July 2018 That put more pressure on the IDC, which started to see real activism brewing around their disloyalty. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The primary defeat of New York’s “independent Democrats,” explained," 14 Sep. 2018 In Xinjiang, a number of Uighur officials have been detained for alleged disloyalty to the Communist Party and failure to fully enforce its policies, as well as corruption and other violations, rights activists say. Eva Dou And Chun Han Wong, WSJ, "China’s Antigraft Campaign Ensnares Top Energy Official, ex-Xinjiang Governor," 21 Sep. 2018 His habit of disloyalty and stepping on people is about to catch up to him. Amy Chozick, Vogue, "Stormy Daniels Isn’t Backing Down," 28 Aug. 2018 So Turnbull's decision to quit meant Morrison could not be accused of disloyalty. Rod Mcguirk, Fox News, "Next Australian prime minister well placed to heal party," 23 Aug. 2018 More tellingly, though, are the troubles that come to those who show signs of disloyalty toward the President, such as Sanford. Philip Elliott, Time, "South Carolina Elections Show Trump Can Hurt. But Can He Still Help?," 14 June 2018 Most Americans assumed that the rebels would be made to pay for their disloyalty, in some way. Fergus M. Bordewich, WSJ, "‘The Lost Indictment of Robert E. Lee’ Review: The Cost of Conciliation," 12 July 2018 Security forces are deserting in droves, and the government has launched a wave of arrests to stem disloyalty in the ranks. Anthony Faiola, Washington Post, "Crisis-weary Venezuelans are voting in election decried as a Maduro power grab," 20 May 2018

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First Known Use of disloyalty

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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dis·​loy·​al·​ty | \ dis-ˈlȯi-əl-tē \
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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