loyalty

noun
loy·​al·​ty | \ˈlȯi(-ə)l-tē \
plural loyalties

Definition of loyalty 

: the quality or state or an instance of being loyal the loyalty of the team's fans

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Choose the Right Synonym for loyalty

fidelity, allegiance, fealty, loyalty, devotion, piety mean faithfulness to something to which one is bound by pledge or duty. fidelity implies strict and continuing faithfulness to an obligation, trust, or duty. marital fidelity allegiance suggests an adherence like that of citizens to their country. pledging allegiance fealty implies a fidelity acknowledged by the individual and as compelling as a sworn vow. fealty to the truth loyalty implies a faithfulness that is steadfast in the face of any temptation to renounce, desert, or betray. valued the loyalty of his friends devotion stresses zeal and service amounting to self-dedication. a painter's devotion to her art piety stresses fidelity to obligations regarded as natural and fundamental. filial piety

loyalty and allegiance mean faithfulness owed by duty or by a pledge or promise. loyalty is used of a very personal or powerful kind of faithfulness. I felt great loyalty to my teammates. allegiance is used of a duty to something other than a person, especially to a government or idea. I pledge allegiance to the flag.

Examples of loyalty in a Sentence

the loyalty of the team's fans there was no denying that dog's loyalty to his master

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But Amazon has already cemented loyalty with its Prime membership, in which members pay $119 a year or $12.99 a month for fast delivery, access to Amazon’s movie streaming service and other perks. Joseph Pisani, The Seattle Times, "Amazon posts another record profit, but revenue disappoints," 26 Oct. 2018 Sears would later even sell mortgages, until the Great Depression forced the retailer to foreclose on millions of dollars of customer homes, never a good look for building brand loyalty. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How Sears Kit Homes changed housing," 16 Oct. 2018 Kinship ties provide unmatched loyalty and unconditional support, reinforcing group connections and ensuring commitment. Julie Chernov Hwang, Washington Post, "New research shows why terrorists quit terrorism," 12 July 2018 Hemingway was a complicated man to love—and one who demanded absolute loyalty. Paula Mclain, Town & Country, "The Extraordinary Life of Martha Gellhorn, the Woman Ernest Hemingway Tried to Erase," 12 July 2018 Republicans, meanwhile, have largely targeted Manchin, Donnelly, and Heitkamp, betting that their electoral prospects could coerce them into bucking party loyalty. Alana Abramson, Time, "Pro-Trump Group Launches Ads Urging Red State Democrats to Confirm Brett Kavanaugh," 11 July 2018 They’ll get saved in the Pay app’s Passes tab, which also stores gift cards, loyalty cards, and other offers. Lisa Marie Segarra, Fortune, "Google Pay Now Lets You Send Money to Friends, Save Tickets and Boarding Passes," 10 July 2018 The real test of loyalty to tradition will come after the ceremony, though. Melissa Locker, Time, "Here's One Royal Tradition You Won't Be Following. Everyone’s Eating 7-Year-Old Cake at Prince Louis’s Christening," 9 July 2018 Aunt Lydia, brought to roaring life by Dowd, is able to scare her handmaids to death in order to exact a degree of loyalty from them. Matthew Gilbert, BostonGlobe.com, "The best villains on TV," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of loyalty

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for loyalty

alteration of Middle English leawte, lewte, from Anglo-French lealté, leauté, from leal, leial loyal

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loyalty

noun

English Language Learners Definition of loyalty

: the quality or state of being loyal

: a loyal feeling : a feeling of strong support for someone or something

loyalty

noun
loy·​al·​ty | \ˈlȯi-əl-tē \
plural loyalties

Kids Definition of loyalty

: the quality or state of being true and constant in support of someone or something

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