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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die-hard loyalists engaging in espionage against the revolutionaries
Recent Examples on the Web In December, with rumors circulating that the president was preparing to fire then-CIA Director Gina Haspel and replace her with Trump loyalist Kash Patel, Milley sought to intervene, the book says. Reis Thebault, Anchorage Daily News, 15 July 2021 Eberly said Schulz, a Hogan mentee, would be wise not to dismiss the candidacy of Cox, a first-term delegate and Trump loyalist who helped arrange tour buses to go to the Jan. 6 protest at the U.S. Capitol. Washington Post, 6 July 2021 On Friday, Brooks reportedly received another key endorsement from a Trump loyalist in former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. al, 12 June 2021 Vote to oust Liz Cheney puts spotlight on House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy, a Trump loyalist Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, believes ousting Cheney will hurt Republican efforts to win back Congress. USA TODAY, 12 May 2021 Late in the evening on Christmas Day, the lawyer and Donald Trump loyalist Lin Wood tweeted an elaborate infographic stating his views about the upcoming U.S. Senate runoff election in Georgia. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, 1 July 2021 With the loyalist marching season kicking off next month, there are fears that the eruption of violence was only a warm-up act. Mark Landler, New York Times, 7 June 2021 The new congress also voted to replace the Attorney General with a Bukele loyalist. Marcos Aleman, Star Tribune, 21 May 2021 On Friday, the GOP replaced Cheney, who has been critical of Trump, with Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York, who has turned herself into a Trump loyalist. David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, 14 May 2021

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First Known Use of loyalist

1647, in the meaning defined above

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“Loyalist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loyalist. Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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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 \

Kids Definition of loyalist

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

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