loyalty

noun
loy·​al·​ty | \ ˈlȯi(-ə)l-tē How to pronounce loyalty (audio) \
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

Examples of loyalty in a Sentence

the loyalty of the team's fans there was no denying that dog's loyalty to his master
Recent Examples on the Web Also not on the CPAC agenda are Trump supporters who have failed to meet his threshold for absolute loyalty, including former Vice President Mike Pence and former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley. David Lauter And Eli Stokols Los Angeles Times, Star Tribune, "At conservative gathering, just one litmus test: Loyalty to Trump," 26 Feb. 2021 Also not on the CPAC agenda are Trump supporters who have failed to meet his threshold for absolute loyalty, including former Vice President Mike Pence and former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley. David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, "At conservative gathering, there’s just one litmus test: Loyalty to Trump," 25 Feb. 2021 Changes could include preventing district councilors from also sitting in the body or simply raising the requirements for loyalty and patriotism above the already stringent levels they are set at now. Zen Soo, The Christian Science Monitor, "Electoral reformers want Beijing 'patriots' to run Hong Kong," 23 Feb. 2021 The reaction reflected the tone set by Mr. Trump, who demanded loyalty from Republican allies and whose rhetoric on masks and the economy became a rallying cry in many communities. New York Times, "One Year, 400,000 Coronavirus Deaths: How the U.S. Guaranteed Its Own Failure," 17 Jan. 2021 Instead, the issue that is tearing the Republican Party apart is the only one that Trump really cares about: loyalty. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Trump Is Finally Tearing the GOP Apart," 6 Jan. 2021 The parties typically select members known for loyalty and service to the party, including party activists, state and local officials and party leaders. Nuha Dolby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "How the Electoral College works in Wisconsin, and why it's unlikely go against the popular vote," 19 Nov. 2020 But Trump demanded an unattainable level of loyalty from the network. Washington Post, "The long love affair between Fox News and Trump may be over. Here’s how it ended last week.," 8 Nov. 2020 Still, Trump’s strong national numbers — and his 40% showing in blue Connecticut — show largely unflinching loyalty from his supporters. Michael Hamad, courant.com, "Biden supporters in Connecticut feel the excitement but deep divisions remain in a nation split down the middle after four years under President Trump," 7 Nov. 2020

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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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2 Mar 2021

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“Loyalty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loyalty. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce loyalty (audio) \
plural loyalties

Kids Definition of loyalty

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

Choose the Right Synonym for loyalty

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.

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