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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.
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(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a patriotic supporter of his sovereign or government
ˈloyalism n


1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in Northern Ireland) any of the Protestants wishing to retain Ulster's link with Britain
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in North America) an American colonist who supported Britain during the War of American Independence
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in Canada) short for United Empire Loyalist
4. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (during the Spanish Civil War) a supporter of the republican government
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(ˈlɔɪ ə lɪst)

1. a person who remains loyal, esp. to a sovereign or existing government.
2. (sometimes cap.) a person who remained loyal to the British during the American Revolution; Tory.
3. (cap.) an adherent of the republic during the Spanish Civil War who was opposed to Franco.
loy′al•ism, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.loyalist - a person who is loyal to their allegiance (especially in times of revolt)loyalist - a person who is loyal to their allegiance (especially in times of revolt)
admirer, booster, protagonist, supporter, champion, friend - a person who backs a politician or a team etc.; "all their supporters came out for the game"; "they are friends of the library"
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[ˈlɔɪəlɪst] N (gen) → partidario/a m/f del régimen; (in Spain 1936) → republicano/a m/f (N Irl) (Pol) → unionista mf
loyalist paramilitaries (in Northern Ireland) → paramilitares mpl unionistas
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nloyaliste m/f
adj [paramilitary, terrorist] → loyaliste
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nLoyalist(in) m(f); the loyalists in the armydie regierungstreuen Teile der Armee
adjloyal; army, troopsregierungstreu
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[ˈlɔɪəlɪst] n & adjlealista (m/f)
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References in periodicals archive ?
The observations I am missing are from the Loyalist point of view other than that found in Rivington's Royal Gazette printed following the expedition.
It is a fictional, up-to-date look at the divide, this time from a Loyalist point of view.
Oliver Wiswell (1940), another novel of the American Revolution, was written from the Loyalist point of view. Other works include The Lively Lady (1931), Lydia Bailey (1947), and Boon Island (1956).