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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Lebanese politicians and political parties operate vast patronage networks that provide government jobs to party loyalists. Jane Ferguson, The New Yorker, "Why Lebanon’s People Are Turning on Their Politicians," 12 July 2019 Even such suffering may be oddly beneficial for loyalists who, in their day jobs, toil with similar frustration at the game of governance. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "Baseball Bridges the Political Divide in Washington," 16 July 2018 This secret level for ultra loyalists, called Cobalt, must come with a personal invite from the hotel chain's president and CEO himself. Ramsey Qubein, Condé Nast Traveler, "Marriott Has a Secret, Invite-Only Elite Status Called Cobalt," 9 Aug. 2019 Obama loyalists, including his former strategist, David Axelrod, and Neera Tanden, the head of the Center for American Progress, bridled at the criticism of their former boss. David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, "Three big questions for the Democratic presidential field," 2 Aug. 2019 In 1988, Perot, Perot Jr. and a handful of former EDS loyalists launched Perot Systems in Plano. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, "Ross Perot, self-made billionaire, patriot and philanthropist, dies at 89," 9 July 2019 Trump loyalists, led by an infuriated president, would express outrage. David Goldfischer, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Gardner has put pressure on Russia; now he must hold the president accountable," 21 June 2019 The new constitution packed the country’s courts, creating new seats that Fidesz Prime Minister Viktor Orbán filled with loyalists. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The Wisconsin power grab is part of a bigger Republican attack on democracy," 6 Dec. 2018 Before the year ended, several conservatives and Trump loyalists started talking about mounting primary challenge in 2020. CBS News, "Justin Amash's district might abandon Trump, too," 19 Aug. 2019

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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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