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

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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There is the obvious, straightforward answer as to why this promotion exists: This is a standard loyalty program with some technomagical fairy dust sprinkled on top. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Domino's Pizza-Spotting App Is a Window Into a Future of Justified Paranoia," 20 Feb. 2019 This is not a loyalty oath but a promise to care for each other. Adam O’neal, WSJ, "Inside Amy Coney Barrett’s ‘Cult’," 5 July 2018 South Korea uses a computerized lottery to pick participants for the reunions, while North Korea is believed to choose based on loyalty to its authoritarian leadership. Kim Tong-hyung, The Christian Science Monitor, "North, South Korea to host reunions for war-split families," 22 June 2018 Tribe traitors typically have short lifespans on Survivor, especially in a season as fixated on tribal loyalty as this one. Stephen Fishbach, PEOPLE.com, "Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: When Two People Tell You Opposite Stories, Who Do You Trust?," 25 Apr. 2018 Buffett's loyalty to Geico is what drew the investment giant and chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, which has dozens of subsidiaries, to Lenexa. Allison Kite, kansascity, "Warren Buffett calls Lenexa his ‘new home location’ for favorite company Geico," 19 June 2018 During this time, fans only had unwavering loyalty for their Queen of Tea, never failing to show their support and love while Wendy experienced one health concern after another. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Here's the Tea About Wendy Williams' Return to 'The Wendy Williams Show'," 4 Mar. 2019 Conservative moral foundations favor in-group loyalty, moral purity, and respect for authority. Julia Belluz, Vox, "7 bad science and health ideas that should die with 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 The hotline’s name fits nicely with Musk’s philosophy on employee loyalty, or lack thereof. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "Elon Musk’s Long Obsession With Sabotage," 19 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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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

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