Definition of disloyal in US English:

disloyal

adjective

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

    ‘she felt that inquiring into her father's past would be disloyal to her mother’
    • ‘Few of you, because you agreed with her actions, thought about how she was disloyal to her employer.’
    • ‘Armitage has been fighting for balance within the interagency process for some time - and for that is probably considered disloyal to the President.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But his obsession with not wanting to be disloyal to the leader is hurting him vis- vis the other contenders on the ground game.’
    • ‘Ambitious, treacherous, and disloyal to his elder brother Llywelyn, he allowed himself to be manipulated by English kings.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These boundaries determine who is in and out, pure and impure, and loyal and disloyal to the group ethos.’
    • ‘He says it would be disloyal to all the Chelsea fans.’
    • ‘And it is not unpatriotic and not disloyal to dissent with the views of the President, or anyone else for that matter.’
    • ‘I have never been disloyal to him, because he has always done the business for me and Holland.’
    • ‘They violate agreements and are disloyal to the treaties they have signed.’
    • ‘A fellow journalist told me the other day that he admires Powell for making his disagreement clear without being publicly disloyal to the president.’
    unfaithful, faithless, false, false-hearted, untrue, inconstant, untrustworthy
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    1. 1.1 (of an action, speech, or thought) demonstrating a lack of loyalty.
      ‘disloyal mutterings about his leadership’
      • ‘This followed its 1862 Treason Act, which was never held to cover the expression of disloyal sentiments.’
      • ‘That the drama commences with eccentric characters and their disloyal proclivities causes the viewer to be disillusioned with the whole idea of relationships.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Several stated that they had heard no one utter disloyal sentiments, but others gave different testimony.’
      • ‘On the other hand, such criticism can readily be cast as disloyal.’
      • ‘A declaration of personal belief can amount to a disloyal statement if it disavows allegiance owed to the United States by the declarant.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Clark tried not to entertain the disloyal thought that that might not be such a bad thing after all.’
      • ‘It was, the paper believed, an exhibition of disloyal sentiment.’
      • ‘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.’
      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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Origin

Late 15th century: from Old French desloial, from des- (expressing negation) + loial ‘loyal’.

Pronunciation

disloyal

/ˌdisˈloi(ə)l//ˌdɪsˈlɔɪ(ə)l/