Allegiance



the loyalty of a citizen to his or her government or of a subject to his or her sovereign.
loyalty or devotion to some person, group, cause, or the like.
Contemporary Examples

A higher threshold would force the two to remain in allegiance even amidst serious departures in ideologies.
Raising the Threshold or Pulling the Carpet Out From Under Israel’s Minorities? Marc Grey October 7, 2013

Each side seeks our allegiance based on our fear, and they are becoming more and more frightening as time goes by.
The Terror Diaries Fatima Bhutto May 28, 2009

The IRGC commander said that they would hold a military maneuver to show their allegiance with Iran’s supreme leader.
Ahmadinejad Loses His Grip Omid Memarian May 23, 2011

Like an oath of allegiance to country or Constitution, one assumes.
St. Hippolytus’ Careers Christians Should Never Have Candida Moss May 3, 2014

When Morgan learned of his agent’s dismissal via a gossip site online, he immediately called to pledge his allegiance.
The Man Behind Piers Morgan Sean Macaulay December 11, 2010

Historical Examples

In return for their allegiance, he bailed them out of jail when necessary.
Elizabeth Hobart at Exeter Hall Jean K. Baird

Even the political parties are losing the allegiance of the press.
Commercialism and Journalism Hamilton Holt

He demanded to be permitted to make a solemn affirmation or declaration of allegiance, instead of taking the usual oath.
The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook

Even Will be Will seemed to be wavering in his allegiance to Diabolus.
Bunyan James Anthony Froude

His first step was to recall Regingar of Lothringia, who was oppressed by France, to his allegiance as vassal of the empire.
The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 5 Various

noun
loyalty, as of a subject to his sovereign or of a citizen to his country
(in feudal society) the obligations of a vassal to his liege lord See also fealty, homage (sense 2)
n.

late 14c., from Anglo-French legaunce “loyalty of a liege-man to his lord,” from Old French legeance, from liege (see liege); erroneously associated with Latin ligare “to bind;” corrupted in spelling by confusion with the now-obsolete legal term allegeance “alleviation.” General figurative sense of “recognition of claims to respect or duty” is attested from 1732.

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    the loyalty of a citizen to his or her government or of a subject to his or her sovereign. loyalty or devotion to some person, group, cause, or the like. Contemporary Examples Their allegiances are fleeting and their numbers are growing. Independents Are Growing in Number and Drifting Away From Obama Linda Killian December 8, […]

  • Allegiant

    loyal; faithful. a faithful follower; adherent: allegiants of religious cults.



  • Allegoric

    consisting of or pertaining to ; of the nature of or containing ; figurative: an allegorical poem; an allegorical meaning. Historical Examples The metamorphoses of ancient mythology are founded on this principle, are allegoric. The Life and Writings of Henry Fuseli, Vol. II (of 3) Henry Fuseli I mention it here only to associate it […]

  • Alleging

    to assert without proof. to declare with positiveness; affirm; assert: to allege a fact. to declare before a court or elsewhere, as if under oath. to plead in support of; offer as a reason or excuse. Archaic. to cite or quote in confirmation. Contemporary Examples Now come a report from veteran New York reporter Murray […]



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