Definition of fealty
1a : the fidelity of a vassal or feudal tenant to his lordb : the obligation of such fidelity The vassal vowed fealty to the king.
2 : intense fidelity the fealty of country music fans to their favorite stars — Nicholas Dawidoff
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Examples of fealty in a Sentence
He swore fealty to the king.
as much as I wanted to back my friend up, my fealty to the truth was greater, and I could not lie for him
Recent Examples of fealty from the Web
Over the past five months, Spicer has tied himself into knots to prove his fealty to the President.
But this isn’t the first time Trump has displayed a bizarre fealty to the Kremlin’s line.
Vulcan combines the Bronze Age worship of forge and sword with modern fealty to guns and state power.
This plays into the whole Nemesis System of course, with Talion dominating orcs and forcing them to swear fealty to the Bright Lord, conquering entire regions in the name of the Bright Lord, and the like.
But the casual golf fan isn’t especially concerned with the United States Golf Association’s fealty to par.
This is a family only in the Mafia sense of the word, ruled by a ruthless and imperious Don who offers protection in return for fealty.
That fealty may not be rational, but what about America is?
Flynn, by contrast, never seemed to hold back his enthusiasm or fealty to Trump.
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Did You Know?
In The Use of Law, published posthumously in 1629, Francis Bacon wrote, "Fealty is to take an oath upon a book, that he will be a faithful Tenant to the King." That's a pretty accurate summary of the early meaning of fealty. Early forms of the term were used in Middle English around 1300, when they specifically designated the loyalty of a vassal to a lord. Eventually, the meaning of the word broadened. Fealty can be paid to a country, a principle, or a leader of any kind—though the synonyms fidelity and loyalty are more commonly used. Fealty comes from the Anglo-French word feelté, or fealté, which comes from the Latin fidelitas, meaning "fidelity." These words are ultimately derived from fides, the Latin word for "faith."
Synonym Discussion of fealty
FEALTY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fealty for English Language Learners
: loyalty to a person, group, etc.
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