loy·​al·​ist | \ ˈlȯi-ə-list How to pronounce loyalist (audio) \

Definition of loyalist

: one who is or remains loyal especially to a political cause, party, government, or sovereign

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Trump pardoned him and the former sheriff, an early backer of Trump’s presidential push, holds himself out as the true Trump loyalist in the race. Terry Tang, The Seattle Times, "Arizona Senate primary run in Trump’s shadow," 28 Aug. 2018 Maybe a Dunkin Donuts loyalist sees a $5 Starbucks gift card show up in the app that’s redeemable for 1,500 miles, instead of the typical 3,000, and decides to break rank. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Miles is an app that tracks your every move in exchange for deals and discounts," 24 July 2018 Kavanaugh was the safe choice, a child of Washington, a loyalist in the George W. Bush White House, a conservative recruited by liberal Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan to teach the law at Harvard. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "How to maintain the republic? Originalist justices like Brett Kavanaugh," 10 July 2018 Before Sanford's loss and Stewart's win, Alabama Rep. Martha Roby, who had criticized Trump's personal conduct, found herself in a runoff with a candidate positioning himself as a pure Trump loyalist. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "Tuesday's results show the dangers of crossing Donald Trump," 13 June 2018 In contrast, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., who served on Trump's presidential transition team, is viewed by Democrats as a fierce Trump loyalist. Erin Kelly, USA TODAY, "How has the Senate Intelligence Committee stayed united on the Russia probe that split the House?," 30 May 2018 On Monday, Venezuela socialist party chief, Diosdado Cabello, spoke at a rally in Venezuela’s border city of Urena, across from Cucuta, crowding the streets with Maduro loyalists wearing the red shirts of the socialist party and waving flags. Scott Smith, The Seattle Times, "Venezuela’s crisis hits stand-still over emergency aid," 12 Feb. 2019 And after waiting in line for hours to get in, Ward's small army of red- and yellow- shirted, sign-toting loyalists were forced to cover or remove their campaign shirts before entering. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "Kelli Ward may have missed her shot in the GOP primary for Senate. Here's why," 11 June 2018 You’d be forgiven if the facialist Jennifer Brodeur’s name doesn’t trip off the tongue; discretion is a virtue when Michelle Obama counts among your loyalists. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Meet the Under-the-Radar Facialist Behind Michelle Obama's Radiant Glow," 13 Nov. 2018

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English Language Learners Definition of loyalist

: a person who is loyal to a political cause, government, or leader
: a person from Northern Ireland who believes that Northern Ireland should remain part of the United Kingdom


loy·​al·​ist | \ ˈlȯi-ə-ləst\

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: a person who is loyal to a political cause, government, or leader especially in times of revolt

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