Definition of disloyal in English:



  • 1Failing to be loyal to a person, country, or organization to which one has obligations.

    ‘she was accused of being disloyal to the government’
    • ‘A fellow journalist told me the other day that he admires Powell for making his disagreement clear without being publicly disloyal to the president.’
    • ‘They violate agreements and are disloyal to the treaties they have signed.’
    • ‘I remember feeling disloyal to the country that had been my host for almost twelve months - the day before we had gone around in shorts and t-shirts and already it seemed like a dream.’
    • ‘But his obsession with not wanting to be disloyal to the leader is hurting him vis- vis the other contenders on the ground game.’
    • ‘But hiding a fantasy - the attraction to another woman - is like keeping a secret from his partner and it is this restriction of truth that seems so disloyal to me.’
    • ‘And it is not unpatriotic and not disloyal to dissent with the views of the President, or anyone else for that matter.’
    • ‘We might consider the way, in groups of three or more, how there's always the possibility of two people being disloyal to the gathering, and how to moderate that behaviour.’
    • ‘Few of you, because you agreed with her actions, thought about how she was disloyal to her employer.’
    • ‘Ambitious, treacherous, and disloyal to his elder brother Llywelyn, he allowed himself to be manipulated by English kings.’
    • ‘It would be understandable if she thought that expressing an interest in her biological roots might seem disloyal to her stepfather, the man she was always proud to call Dad.’
    • ‘Armitage has been fighting for balance within the interagency process for some time - and for that is probably considered disloyal to the President.’
    • ‘However, according to Clarin, the Argentine daily newspaper, Heany at one point did begin to feel disloyal to her country, which created some tension among the team.’
    • ‘Sure they can do that - they are paying the employee, and it is stupid to keep feeding an employee who is disloyal to the company.’
    • ‘Section 3 was justified by the fear that voters in one state or district might elect candidates who are disloyal to the country as a whole.’
    • ‘One may just be accused of being negative or even of being unpatriotic and disloyal to one's country.’
    • ‘I have never been disloyal to him, because he has always done the business for me and Holland.’
    • ‘He says it would be disloyal to all the Chelsea fans.’
    • ‘These boundaries determine who is in and out, pure and impure, and loyal and disloyal to the group ethos.’
    • ‘Officials are managing to shift the spotlight shift away from their failings, while the crew themselves are now being targeted as disloyal to a colleague who tried her hardest and came up short.’
    • ‘In this case, telling someone isn't being disloyal to your friend - it's sometimes necessary to break confidence to ensure a friend's well-being.’
    unfaithful, faithless, false, false-hearted, untrue, inconstant, untrustworthy
    treacherous, perfidious, traitorous, subversive, seditious, unpatriotic, two-faced, janus-faced, double-dealing, double-crossing, deceitful
    dissident, renegade
    back-stabbing, two-timing
    hollow-hearted, double-faced, punic
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    1. 1.1(of a remark or thought) demonstrating a lack of loyalty.
      ‘disloyal mutterings about his leadership’
      • ‘It was, the paper believed, an exhibition of disloyal sentiment.’
      • ‘Clark tried not to entertain the disloyal thought that that might not be such a bad thing after all.’
      • ‘This followed its 1862 Treason Act, which was never held to cover the expression of disloyal sentiments.’
      • ‘Several stated that they had heard no one utter disloyal sentiments, but others gave different testimony.’
      • ‘A declaration of personal belief can amount to a disloyal statement if it disavows allegiance owed to the United States by the declarant.’
      • ‘But sometimes when political capital is low, really, really low, when your own worshipers begin thinking disloyal thoughts, you have to pull out all the stops.’
      • ‘I immediately rebuked myself for the disloyal thought.’
      • ‘To be separated from him for any length of time meant to be in mortal danger, for Hitler was susceptible to whisperings about disloyal acts and even outright treason perpetrated by the absent person.’
      • ‘That the drama commences with eccentric characters and their disloyal proclivities causes the viewer to be disillusioned with the whole idea of relationships.’
      • ‘On the other hand, such criticism can readily be cast as disloyal.’
      • ‘The War Department issued specific instructions for this guard duty, including orders for addressing disloyal acts by civilians against such structures.’
      • ‘He was convicted of making disloyal statements and demoted for telling a reporter there that he was in the military and that he opposed the war.’
      traitorous, perfidious, faithless, unfaithful, duplicitous, false-hearted, deceitful, false, untrue, back-stabbing, double-crossing, double-dealing, two-faced, janus-faced, untrustworthy, unreliable, undependable, fickle
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Late 15th century: from Old French desloial, from des- (expressing negation) + loial loyal.