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 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 On Saturday morning, anti-riot police used tear gas to disperse several small groups of opposition supporters, including in areas where government loyalists were active. Jorge Rueda, The Seattle Times, "Venezuela’s rival factions rally as power struggle persists," 30 Mar. 2019 Smart campaigns with energized activists, like Cruz’s and Ron Paul’s before him, had been able to send their own loyalists to the national convention regardless of the wishes of party leaders or caucus voters. Zeke Miller, The Seattle Times, "Trump campaign takes steps to prevent a challenge within GOP," 4 Feb. 2019 Her loyalists embraced her protege Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who on Friday won the top party job. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Merkel Extension," 7 Dec. 2018 Critics say the government is removing experienced judges and replacing them with its own loyalists. Fox News, "Poland: Court vacancy disputed by chief justice holding seat," 30 Aug. 2018 Critics say his loyalists operate with impunity, creating nothing more than a charade of a democracy. New York Times, "In Troubled Cameroon, U.S. Envoy Is Accused of Election Meddling," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of loyalist

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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