loy·al·ist | \ˈlȯi-ə-list \

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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In 1989, Argentine President Carlos Menem, fearing Supreme Court opposition to his privatization schemes, expanded the court from five to nine members and packed it with loyalists. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Court-packing, Democrats’ nuclear option for the Supreme Court, explained," 2 July 2018 The federal prosecutor's office, run by governing party loyalists, released a video purporting to show Anaya and supporters behaving rudely in a visit to the agency. Maria Verza, Fox News, "Mexico's Anaya hopes to narrow gap in presidential race," 25 June 2018 Those events have raised the eyebrows of some party loyalists, who believe Republicans should focus on 2018 before his re-election in 2020. Jeff Zeleny, CNN, "Unprecedented? Trump aims to defy midterm campaign history," 31 May 2018 The Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, a Shiite, was stacking the security forces with loyalists who carried out sectarian massacres. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "The Spy Who Came Home," 30 Apr. 2018 The company has been stepping up its efforts to cater to diehard team loyalists. Janelle Nanos, BostonGlobe.com, "The crowd goes wild: After years of traditional fan gear, MLB is letting its freak flag fly," 29 June 2018 The house has ties to the Revolutionary War, when it was infamously owned by a loyalist. Robert Khederian, Curbed, "Tomb raiders: The clubhouses of Yale’s secret societies," 21 June 2018 Pompeo, a former army officer who was a Republican congressman, is regarded as a Trump loyalist with hawkish world views. Zach Despart, Houston Chronicle, "Valdez, Collier fault Republicans for not challenging Trump on Harvey claims," 8 June 2018 On his first day in Berlin as ambassador early last month, the President Trump loyalist ignited a similar reaction. Diane Bell, sandiegouniontribune.com, "U.S. ambassador criticized by Germans as not so diplomatic," 4 June 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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