Definition of loyalty in English:

loyalty

noun

  • 1[mass noun] The quality of being loyal:

    ‘his extreme loyalty to the Crown’
    • ‘Thus national loyalty is actually quite different from loyalty to a country.’
    • ‘Despite his frequently tense relations with his superiors, he engendered fierce loyalty among many of his subordinates.’
    • ‘They have no loyalty to a ruling class that exploits them and represses them while claiming some higher unity.’
    • ‘Despite their ongoing loyalty to the museum, both are well aware of its limitations.’
    • ‘You must pledge your undying loyalty to me, and only me.’
    • ‘In response, traditional retailers will need to increase their focus on building consumer loyalty to insure repeat visits.’
    • ‘Speakers use their local accents as a means of affirming identity and loyalty to local groups.’
    • ‘How could they pledge loyalty to a country that destroys families with their bombs and drives millions from their homes?’
    • ‘Is loyalty to Jesus and to one's own calling placed before loyalty to pastor and church?’
    • ‘But their obedience was born out of necessity not out of blind loyalty to the crown.’
    • ‘Many lands were confiscated and many Royalists were rewarded for their loyalty to the crown.’
    • ‘The party is made an equivalent of the nation, and loyalty to the fatherland is transferred to the party.’
    • ‘As a leader he has engendered a fierce loyalty and dedication among students.’
    • ‘There was even a provision requiring new nationals to swear an oath of loyalty to the Republic.’
    • ‘Irrespective of differences and arguments his loyalty to socialism never wavered.’
    • ‘For most of us, loyalty to our country is regarded as a sacred duty.’
    • ‘The final ingredient is essential for employee loyalty and the nature of the brand.’
    • ‘Although the Welsh kings were allies, each ruled separate territories swearing loyalty to the king of England.’
    • ‘Second, he could inspire undying loyalty in his crew.’
    • ‘He only gave new cars to his cronies and people showing unwavering loyalty.’
    faithfulness, constancy
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    1. 1.1often loyalties[count noun] A strong feeling of support or allegiance:
      ‘rows with in-laws are distressing because they cause divided loyalties’
      • ‘Yet, he continues, he questions his party loyalties regularly.’
      • ‘All the talk before this match was of friendships strained and family loyalties divided.’
      • ‘How odd, though, that such a self-styled patriot can cast his loyalties aside so readily.’
      • ‘I would spend time silently seething and ranting to my husband and his loyalties would be firmly divided.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, younger fans lose interest quickly and often don't develop strong loyalties.’
      • ‘Their loyalties were divided, and their politics pursued interests which were not necessarily those of the city.’
      • ‘If I could find a way to clone myself, for today only, I would, if only to be able to divide both workload and social loyalties.’
      • ‘But local issues and clan loyalties blunted the rivalry.’
      • ‘Latent divided political loyalties now surfaced, and planters with Royalist leanings got the upper hand.’
      • ‘Never before had the state had such an uncontested hold on the lives and loyalties of French people.’
      • ‘But at the base the state depends on people whose loyalties may waver at key moments.’
      • ‘However, his deeper loyalties to his best friend, her sister, could separate them.’
      • ‘Recent European immigrants were under suspicion of harboring traitorous loyalties to their former home countries.’
      • ‘There is no such honour behind the loyalties of one of my workmates, who switched his support in his late teens.’
      • ‘I guess now I knew where her loyalties really lay; with her libido.’
      • ‘Tribal loyalties and feudal social structures distort the democratic process.’
      • ‘In Chechnya, clan loyalties often supersede political alliances.’
      • ‘Women are divided in their political loyalties, voting preferences, and policy preferences.’
      • ‘Back in England, however, divided loyalties to king and country starts to tear the couple apart.’
      • ‘By breaking the social bonds which sustained local communities, it destroys our geographical loyalties.’
      allegiance, faithfulness, fidelity, obedience, fealty, adherence, homage, devotion, bond
      trueness, true-heartedness
      steadfastness, fastness, staunchness, dependability, reliability, trustiness, trustworthiness, duty, constancy, dedication, commitment
      firmness, stability, steadiness
      patriotism
      troth
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Pronunciation:

loyalty

/ˈlɔɪəlti/