loy·​al·​ist ˈlȯi-ə-list How to pronounce loyalist (audio)
: one who is or remains loyal especially to a political cause, party, government, or sovereign

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Example Sentences

die-hard loyalists engaging in espionage against the revolutionaries
Recent Examples on the Web Republicans in New Hampshire and around the country scoff at the notion that being a Trump loyalist — or not — could be a deciding general election factor, noting that the still unpopular Biden will be a drag on his party regardless. Will Weissert, BostonGlobe.com, 13 Sep. 2022 Meanwhile, former Vice President Mike Pence, who stuck with Kemp in defiance of Trump in Georgia, is scheduled to appear in New Hampshire next to support the winner of the Senate GOP primary there, whether or not the winner is a Trump loyalist. Rick Klein, ABC News, 8 Sep. 2022 Regardless, smuggling, destroying and then lying about documents related to an issue of eminent importance to national security resulted in a misdemeanor plea for the Clinton loyalist. James Freeman, WSJ, 9 Aug. 2022 Mastriano has also been a zealous Trump loyalist, echoing false claims that Trump actually won the 2020 election and attempting to overturn results in Pennsylvania. Lila Maclellan, Quartz, 2 June 2022 But not everyone is buying her conversion from news anchor to extreme Trump loyalist. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 3 Aug. 2022 Mulvaney, once a loyalist to the former president, doesn't believe a third run for the presidency would be good for the Republican party. CBS News, 22 July 2022 Mordaunt, by contrast, is neither a Johnson loyalist nor an insurgent figure. Mark Landler, BostonGlobe.com, 17 July 2022 Zalewski, a Madigan loyalist who chaired the powerful House Revenue and Finance Committee, also suffered from an even closer connection to the ComEd scandal. Dan Petrella, Chicago Tribune, 4 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1647, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of loyalist was in 1647

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“Loyalist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loyalist. Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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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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