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

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 In the Cultural Revolution, Mao unleashed the Red Guards to torment anyone suspected of disloyalty or bourgeois tendencies. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 30 June 2021 And few things grate at Trump like the prospect of disloyalty. BostonGlobe.com, 25 June 2021 And few things grate at Mr. Trump like the prospect of disloyalty. New York Times, 25 June 2021 Those who’ve attacked two high school graduates should look elsewhere for disloyalty and allegiance to foreign governments and undemocratic ideals. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, 9 June 2021 The reaction of all my friends in the conservative policymaking community was to denounce me for disloyalty. Bruce Bartlett, The New Republic, 10 May 2021 To this day, scars remain from the defection, with Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, Kendrick Perkins, Kevin Garnett over the years having called out Allen, still a Miami resident, for disloyalty. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, 8 May 2021 Each story is about a troubled home into which a stranger (or semi-stranger) intrudes and attempts to steal a loved one and destroy the household, resulting in deception, disloyalty, and death. Mark Hughes, Forbes, 8 May 2021 Already, intraparty fights are emerging in nascent primaries as candidates accuse each other of disloyalty to the former president. New York Times, 8 May 2021

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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 31 Jul. 2021.

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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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