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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Todd is known for his fierce loyalty to his family and remains very involved in his adult children's lives—often times through the internet. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Here's What Todd Chrisley Really Thinks About Son Chase's New Girlfriend," 2 Feb. 2019 Luke was not the school’s first choice as head coach, but given his loyalty to the school made the most sense. Edgar Thompson, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Ole Miss rebuilding after NCAA sanctions, Rebels are No. 57 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 1 July 2018 The foundation will be led by Gabor Liszkay, a newspaper publisher known for his loyalty to Orban. Pablo Gorondi, The Seattle Times, "Huge pro-government media conglomerate formed in Hungary," 28 Nov. 2018 Smith, who won a promotion for his loyalty to Heinrich Himmler (played with maniacal glee by Kenneth Tigar), is seen as a threat to American Nazi Party founder George Lincoln Rockwell (David Furr), the highest-ranking Nazi in North America. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "Season 3 of The Man in the High Castle doubles down on science fiction — and stumbles," 27 Sep. 2018 Sephora's long-standing Beauty Insider loyalty program was already pretty killer. Melanie Rud Chadwick, Allure, "Exclusive: Sephora Is Upgrading Its Beloved Beauty Insider Program This Month," 9 Aug. 2018 Fans of cheesesteaks sold by particular outlets — think Pat’s, Genos, Jim’s, or Tony Lukes — usually point to the meat or the source of the eatery’s bread as a reason for their loyalty. Joseph A. Gambardello, Philly.com, "Philly cheesesteak: Everything you need to know," 5 July 2018 The theater chain announced a new service to its loyalty program, AMC Stubs, allowing subscribers to see up to three movies a week for a monthly fee of $19.95. Jake Coyle, azcentral, "AMC Theatres is launching $20 subscription service. But who is it for?," 20 June 2018 For his endless loyalty, Wags gets a stack of his favorite old porno magazines, which Axe had taken from his mother’s house — and $9 million. refinery29.com, "Billions Season 3, Episode 11 Recap: "Forward Momentum Above All Things"," 4 June 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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The first known use of loyalty was in the 15th century

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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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