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

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Most, however, remain in their roles, including Tom Grady, a former Republican state representative from Naples and a Scott loyalist appointed by Scott to the State Board of Education and the Investment Advisory Council. Gray Rohrer, orlandosentinel.com, "Gov. Ron DeSantis kicked out 215 of Rick Scott’s appointments, but 157 didn’t go anywhere," 1 July 2019 Trump’s powers are formidable in their ability to turn the GOP into a party of Trump loyalists. Jonah Goldberg, National Review, "As with Superheroes, Trump’s Superpowers Have Their Limitations," 14 June 2019 So his bulging 57-person government consists largely of loyalists from his own party. The Economist, "What will Narendra Modi do in his new term as India’s prime minister?," 14 June 2019 At great cost to taxpayers, the City Council’s 16 legislative committees are the heart of a favor-trading system that’s enabled mayors to rule like monarchs distributing favors to loyalists. Mick Dumke, ProPublica, "At Chicago’s City Council, Committees Are Used to Reward Political Favors and Fund Patronage," 15 May 2019 An election conducted as a referendum on Mr. Trump thus had the effect of reinforcing the ranks of Trump loyalists. Allen C. Guelzo, WSJ, "The Blue Wave Breaks Gently," 9 Nov. 2018 Most lawmakers are Sisi loyalists, and 531 of them supported the changes in a 596-member assembly, according to the state-owned... Amira El-fekki, WSJ, "Egypt to Hold Vote to Extend Sisi’s Rule," 16 Apr. 2019 Nonetheless, scooters have also won passionate loyalists: Commuters. Umair Irfan, Vox, "The scooter stampede of 2018 is great news for urban transportation," 5 Dec. 2018 For another, if many high-fashion houses are moving into childrenswear, why shouldn’t a brand like Bonpoint, with its built-in base of loyalists, grow up, too? Vogue, "Exclusive: Bonpoint Grows Up," 1 Oct. 2018

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1647, in the meaning defined above

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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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