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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When Parliament met Tuesday, Rajapaksa loyalists did not enter the chamber and accused Jayasuriya of violating parliamentary traditions and being partial to Wickremesinghe. Bharatha Mallawarachi, The Seattle Times, "Sri Lanka lawmakers linked to disputed PM boycott Parliament," 27 Nov. 2018 At the end of season 8, Blue Bloods loyalists were met with a happy surprise: Jamie Reagan (Will Estes) and his NYPD partner, Eddie Janko (Vanessa Ray) were engaged! Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'Blue Bloods' Star Will Estes Weighs in About Jamie and Eddie's Engagement," 17 Nov. 2018 Philo may have left Celine, but her loyalist fans aren’t ready to abandon the designer’s aesthetic. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Travis Scott Brings Back a Classic (And Kanye-Approved) Piece of Philo-Era Celine," 12 Nov. 2018 Most have since walked free, while second-string regime loyalists found their way back to public life under el-Sissi. Hamza Hendawi, Fox News, "Egypt court upholds corruption conviction of Mubarak, sons," 22 Sep. 2018 Analysts said the results of the election were a foregone conclusion, since most of the candidates were loyalists to Mr. Putin or were appointed by city councils under the Kremlin’s sway. Ann M. Simmons, WSJ, "Rights Group Says More Than 1,000 People Were Detained in Russia Protests," 10 Sep. 2018 People who buy this type of SUV are loyalists—over half don't consider another vehicle. Annemarie Conte, Woman's Day, "Here's What Happens When a Non-Disney Family Visits Disney World," 7 Nov. 2017 But they were overwhelmingly outgunned by government loyalists who within hours had advanced to the heart of the neighborhood and began posting videos on social media of themselves firing semi-automatic rifles into the air in celebration. Christopher Sherman, The Seattle Times, "Nicaraguan forces violently retake symbolic city," 17 July 2018 Hagin, who announced plans to depart in June, helped plan Trump’s Singapore summit, and somehow lasted more than a year, though he was reportedly distrusted by Trump loyalists because of his ties to the Bush family. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Jennifer Arangio, National Security Council official, joins the very long list of White House departures," 14 July 2018

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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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