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1. One who maintains loyalty to an established government, political party, or sovereign, especially during war or revolutionary change.
2. Loyalist See Tory.
3. Loyalist One who supported the established government of Spain during the Spanish Civil War.

loy′al·ism n.


1. a dedication to the British cause during the American revolution; Toryism.
2. an adherence to the cause of the republic during the Spanish Civil War. — Loyalist, n., adj.
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Asked if believed it was a last chance for loyalism, Mr Powell said it was their "last best chance" and if it fails "we will be back to where we were".
Loyalism and the Formation of the British World, 1775-1914, edited by Allan Blackstock and Frank O'Gorman.
There were several waves of civil unrest linked to republicanism, Ulster loyalism, and trade unionism, leading to the Partition of Ireland into Northern Ireland and the Irish Free State.
Most important to us was his work with the Colonel Edward Jessup Branch where, from the time he joined, he was active in promoting Loyalism.
The central theme of Loyalism during the early phases of the Revolution was that Loyalists viewed themselves as the true patriots, defending their own interests and, in so doing, those of the British Crown.
Among his perspectives are understanding contemporary unionism, the politics of new loyalism, transforming loyalism, and unionism and loyalism in a settled peace.
Secretary of State Shaun Woodward said: "If these reports were to be confirmed, what we would see would be a seismic transformation within loyalism.
But the envisaged plan includes not only traditionally republican areas like the Falls and Whiterock, but also a bastion of Ulster loyalism - the Shankill Road.
He gave loyalists a voice and influence at the highest level and he was crucial in taking loyalism along the often difficult path to a lasting peace.
LOYALISM has had a presence in Liverpool for as long as the Irish Question has been a major issue in British politics.
In politics, Landon Carter tried to find a middle path between obsequious loyalism and radical resistance.
Mr Rodgers, one of seven unionists to resign their seats earlier this week, said there was growing anger within loyalism at the police.