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al·le·giance

 (ə-lē′jəns)
n.
1. Loyalty or the obligation of loyalty, as to a nation, sovereign, or cause. See Synonyms at fidelity.
2. The obligations of a vassal to a lord.

[Middle English alligeaunce, alteration of ligeaunce, from Old French ligeance, from lige, liege; see liege.]

al·le′giant adj.

allegiance

(əˈliːdʒəns)
n
1. loyalty, as of a subject to his sovereign or of a citizen to his country
2. (Historical Terms) (in feudal society) the obligations of a vassal to his liege lord. See also fealty, homage2
[C14: from Old French ligeance, from lige liege]

al•le•giance

(əˈli dʒəns)

n.
1. the loyalty of citizens to their government.
2. loyalty or devotion to some person, group, cause, or the like.
[1350–1400; Middle English aliegiaunce=a- (probably a-5) + liege liege + -aunce -ance; compare Middle French ligeance]
al•le′giant (-dʒənt) adj.

Allegiance

See also nationalism.

the act of renouncing upon oath, as by an alien applying for citizenship who renounces allegiance to a former country of nationality.
the act of abandoning a person or cause to which one has an obligation or allegiance, especially accompanied by flight from one’s country. — defector, defectionist, n.
1. In the Feudal System, allegiance of a vassal to his lord.
2. allegiance.
kneeling or bending the knee, especially in worship or reverence.
a follower who obeys orders without question. — myrmidonian, adj.
1. a gesture of respect, as a bow.
2. homage or an act of homage. — obeisant, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.allegiance - the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of actionallegiance - the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action; "his long commitment to public service"; "they felt no loyalty to a losing team"
communalism - loyalty and commitment to the interests of your own minority or ethnic group rather than to society as a whole
consecration - a solemn commitment of your life or your time to some cherished purpose (to a service or a goal); "his consecration to study"
cooperation - joint operation or action; "their cooperation with us was essential for the success of our mission"
devotion - commitment to some purpose; "the devotion of his time and wealth to science"
enlistment - the act of enlisting (as in a military service)
faith - loyalty or allegiance to a cause or a person; "keep the faith"; "they broke faith with their investors"
2.allegiance - the loyalty that citizens owe to their country (or subjects to their sovereign)allegiance - the loyalty that citizens owe to their country (or subjects to their sovereign)
loyalty, trueness - the quality of being loyal

allegiance

noun loyalty, duty, obligation, devotion, fidelity, homage, obedience, adherence, constancy, faithfulness, troth (archaic), fealty a community driven by strong allegiances
infidelity, treason, treachery, disloyalty, perfidy, unfaithfulness, falseness, faithlessness, inconstancy
Proverbs
"You cannot run with the hare and hunt with the hounds"

allegiance

noun
Faithfulness or devotion to a person, a cause, obligations, or duties:
Translations
وَلاء، إخْلاص
věrnost
loyalitetlydighedtroskab
állampolgári hûség
hollusta
ištikimybė
lojalitāteuzticība

allegiance

[əˈliːdʒəns] Nlealtad f
to owe allegiance todeber lealtad a
to pledge or swear allegiance tojurar lealtad a
oath of allegiance (Brit) → juramento m de lealtad or fidelidad

allegiance

[əˈliːdʒəns] n (= loyalty, support) → allégeance f, fidélité f
allegiance to sb/sth → allégeance à qn/qch
to switch one's allegiance, to switch allegiance → reporter son allégeance
to swear allegiance to sb/sth, to pledge allegiance to sb/sth → jurer allégeance à qn/qch, promettre allégeance à qn/qch
pledge of allegiance → serment m d'allégeance

allegiance

nTreue f (→ to +dat); oath of allegianceFahnen- or Treueeid m

allegiance

[əˈliːdʒns] nfedeltà, lealtà
to swear allegiance to → fare giuramento di fedeltà a

allegiance

(əˈliːdʒəns) noun
loyalty to a person, group, idea etc. I have no allegiance to any political party.
References in classic literature ?
Instinct had prompted her to put away her husband's bounty in casting off her allegiance.
I myself am a savage; owning no allegiance but to the King of the Cannibals; and ready at any moment to rebel against him.
All men recognize the right of revolution; that is, the right to refuse allegiance to, and to resist, the government, when its tyranny or its inefficiency are great and unendurable.
For my part, I feel that with regard to Nature I live a sort of border life, on the confines of a world into which I make occasional and transient forays only, and my patriotism and allegiance to the state into whose territories I seem to retreat are those of a moss-trooper.
I had given in allegiance to duty and order; I was quiet; I believed I was content: to the eyes of others, usually even to my own, I appeared a disciplined and subdued character.
Not free, what proof could they have givn sincere Of true allegiance, constant Faith or Love, Where onely what they needs must do, appeard, Not what they would?
King Armanos, delighted with the success of his plans, lost no time in assembling his court and council, to whom he presented his successor, and placing his future son-in-law on the throne made everyone do homage and take oaths of allegiance to the new king.
He was soon joined by some Abyssins, who had not yet forgot their allegiance to their sovereign; and in his march up the country was met by the Empress Helena, who received him as her deliverer.
The dissolution of allegiance to the British crown, the severance of the colonies from the British Empire, and their actual existence as independent States, were definitively established in fact, by war and peace.
Lothario gazed upon her when he might have been speaking to her, and thought how worthy of being loved she was; and thus reflection began little by little to assail his allegiance to Anselmo, and a thousand times he thought of withdrawing from the city and going where Anselmo should never see him nor he see Camilla.
Then Robin and his men, after earnest debate, resolved to throw themselves upon the mercy of the new King, swear allegiance, and ask to be organized into Royal Foresters.
The inhabitants of the Atlantic frontier are all of them deeply interested in this provision for naval protection, and if they have hitherto been suffered to sleep quietly in their beds; if their property has remained safe against the predatory spirit of licentious adventurers; if their maritime towns have not yet been compelled to ransom themselves from the terrors of a conflagration, by yielding to the exactions of daring and sudden invaders, these instances of good fortune are not to be ascribed to the capacity of the existing government for the protection of those from whom it claims allegiance, but to causes that are fugitive and fallacious.