Loyalty



[loi-uh l-tee] /ˈlɔɪ əl ti/

noun, plural loyalties.
1.
the state or quality of being ; faithfulness to commitments or obligations.
2.
faithful adherence to a sovereign, government, leader, cause, etc.
3.
an example or instance of faithfulness, adherence, or the like:
a man with fierce loyalties.
/ˈlɔɪəltɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the state or quality of being loyal
2.
(often pl) a feeling of allegiance
n.

c.1400, from Old French loialté, leauté “loyalty, fidelity; legitimacy; honesty; good quality” (Modern French loyauté), from loial (see loyal). Earlier leaute (mid-13c.), from the older French form. Loyalty oath first attested 1852.

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