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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 ?
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.
But strangely enough I did not falter in my allegiance to him, or realize that here in this free form was a deliverance, if I liked, from the fetters and manacles which I had been at so much pains to fit myself with.
the State sells to the citizen as a reward for his allegiance, taxes
In religion most of them professed adherence to the English Church (some to the Catholic), but it was a conventional adherence to an institution of the State and a badge of party allegiance, not a matter of spiritual conviction or of any really deep feeling.
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.
I have heard some of my townsmen say, "I should like to have them order me out to help put down an insurrection of the slaves, or to march to Mexico; -- see if I would go"; and yet these very men have each, directly by their allegiance, and so indirectly, at least, by their money, furnished a substitute.
For two years our ancestors were kept in sullen submission by that filial love which had invariably secured their allegiance to the mother country, whether its head chanced to be a Parliament, Protector, or Popish Monarch.
I myself am a savage; owning no allegiance but to the King of the Cannibals; and ready at any moment to rebel against him.
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.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by the Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do.
As his mother, Kiche, had rendered her allegiance to them at the first cry of her name, so he was beginning to render his allegiance.
had dissolved his subjects from their allegiance by breaking his