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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.


(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


(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.
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"


[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


nloyaliste m/f
adj [paramilitary, terrorist] → loyaliste


nLoyalist(in) m(f); the loyalists in the armydie regierungstreuen Teile der Armee
adjloyal; army, troopsregierungstreu


[ˈlɔɪəlɪst] n & adjlealista (m/f)
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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.
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.
On 16 June 2017, the Sir Guy Carleton Branch hosted a Loyalist Flag-raising Ceremony at Ottawa City Hall to commemorate Canada's 150th birthday.
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.
Their legacy, carried on through Black Loyalist descendants, is an enduring spirit despite a history marked by hardship and loss.
These varied locales have not helped the determination of the total number of loyalist emigres.
Loyalist Group Limited ( Loyalist ) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a definitive agreement for the acquisition of Pan Pacific College ( PPC ), an English-as-a-second-language school based in Vancouver.
In 1972, Mary Beth Norton, then beginning her distinguished career at Cornell University, published The British-Americans: The Loyalist Exiles in Britain, 1774-1789, which used the compensation claims filed by American loyalists to trace their broader experience.