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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.
See also: Politics
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The real issue here is an intolerance of differing viewpoints and the fury that grassroots loyalism would dare to engage in an open inquiry.
Integrating the ideology of the men behind the revolution, including the code of the samurai and the philosophy of Imperial Loyalism, he describes the assassination of the shogun's regent, Ii Naosuke; the leader of the Tosa Loyalist Party, Takechi Hanpeita, and his role in the revolution and arrest, imprisonment, and self-disembowelment; and the assassination of Sakamoto Ryoma, the author of the plan for the peaceful restoration of Imperial rule.
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.
With this book of collected essays taken from a 2009 conference on the topic, the editors have greatly expanded historians' knowledge of both loyalism and the historiographical boundaries of loyalist studies.
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.
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.
His exploration of the social history of Masonry makes a significant contribution to the study of associative culture in Ireland, while his forensic dissection of the nature of political Masonry provides the most convincing analysis of its impact on loyalism and republicanism published to date.
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.

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