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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 classic literature ?
That was a moment when a loyalist and an aristocrat like Hutchinson might have learned how powerless are kings, nobles, and great men, when the low and humble range themselves against them.
After Jos went to Court, which we may be sure he did as a loyal subject of his Sovereign (showing himself in his full court suit at the Club, whither Dobbin came to fetch him in a very shabby old uniform) he who had always been a staunch Loyalist and admirer of George IV, became such a tremendous Tory and pillar of the State that he was for having Amelia to go to a Drawing-room, too.
Others of the more learned in songs also celebrated his praises in a sort of ballad, which I take to have been written by some Irish loyalist. I have forgotten all but the chorus, which ran, -
But the town knew worse troubles even than the floods,--troubles of the civil wars, when it was a continual fighting-place, where first Puritans thanked God for the blood of the Loyalists, and then Loyalists thanked God for the blood of the Puritans.
An interview in the mock heroic style, between the rebel warriors and the British commander-in-chief, was received with immense applause, which came loudest of all from the loyalists of the colony.
Calhoon and his work on Loyalist ideology before, during, and after the American Revolution.
Some of us know about the Loyalists through casual family references to "You come from Loyalist stock" and become curious enough about this reference to their distant past to join an organization that focuses on ancestral research such as the UELAC.
AN umbrella group involving loyalist paramilitaries is warning "all unionists and loyalists against voting for Alliance Party candidates".
Ruma Chopra has achieved a worthy addition in American Revolution scholarship and its sub-field of Loyalist studies.
Recently, Maya Jasanoff wrote that "at least sixty thousand loyalists with fifteen thousand slaves in tow" deserted the United States to dwell in lands still flying the Union Jack, adding that, "I will supply full documentation for my estimates in my forthcoming book on the loyalist diaspora." (6) When the book I appeared, the evidence was placed in an appendix entitled "Measuring the Exodus." (7) This estimate of Tory exiles was cited before the book's publication.
That may be a suitable role for our great northern neighbor in Canada, because the loyalist community formed much of the demographic basis for its Anglophone society and political culture.