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n. pl. loy·al·ties
1. The state or quality of being loyal. See Synonyms at fidelity.
2. often loyalties A feeling or attitude of devoted attachment and affection: My loyalties lie with my family.
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n, pl -ties
1. the state or quality of being loyal
2. (often plural) a feeling of allegiance
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(ˈlɔɪ əl ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the state or quality of being loyal.
2. a feeling of faithfulness or allegiance.
[1350–1400; < Middle French]
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  1. Always at her side like a Great Dane —Carlos Baker
  2. As the rolling stone gathers no moss, so the roving heart gathers no affection —Anna Jameson
  3. Devoted and caretaking as a cat with her kittens —Katherine Anne Porter
  4. (In the end, people’s) devotion hung like rocks around your neck —Alice Munro

    See Also: CLINGING

  5. Endless devotion … like a straitjacket —Lynne Sharon Schwartz
  6. Faithful (to each other) as the Canada goose, more or less —Laurie Colwin
  7. Fickle as spring sunlight —Carolyn Kizer
  8. A heart true as steel —William Shakespeare

    Shakespeare gave this comparison from Midsummer Night’s Dream a slight twist in Romeo and Juliet: “My man’s as true as steel.”

  9. Like a woman in her first love affair, he insisted on unconditional commitment —Ariel Dorfman
  10. Loyal, like a dog —Lynne Sharon Schwartz
  11. Loyalty … small and hard, like buckshot lodged in her stomach —Sarah Litsey
  12. To say that you can love one person all your life is just like saying that one candle will continue burning as long as you live —Leo Tolstoy
  13. True to her husband as the dial to the sun —Henry Fielding
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.loyalty - the quality of being loyalloyalty - the quality of being loyal    
faithfulness, fidelity - the quality of being faithful
staunchness, steadfastness - loyalty in the face of trouble and difficulty
fealty, allegiance - the loyalty that citizens owe to their country (or subjects to their sovereign)
nationalism, patriotism - love of country and willingness to sacrifice for it; "they rode the same wave of popular patriotism"; "British nationalism was in the air and patriotic sentiments ran high"
regionalism - loyalty to the interests of a particular region
disloyalty - the quality of being disloyal
2.loyalty - feelings of allegiance
love - a strong positive emotion of regard and affection; "his love for his work"; "children need a lot of love"
3.loyalty - the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of actionloyalty - 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"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.


noun faithfulness, commitment, devotion, allegiance, reliability, fidelity, homage, patriotism, obedience, constancy, dependability, trustworthiness, steadfastness, troth (archaic), fealty, staunchness, trueness, trustiness, true-heartedness I have sworn an oath of loyalty to the monarchy.
"No man can serve two masters" Bible: St. Matthew
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1. Faithfulness or devotion to a person, a cause, obligations, or duties:
2. The condition of being closely tied to another by affection or faith.Used in plural:
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lòng trung thành


A. N
1. (= quality) (to leader, government) → lealtad f (to a) (to beliefs, principles) → fidelidad f (to a)
2. (often pl) (= feeling) he has divided loyaltiestiene un conflicto de lealtades
she is a woman of fierce loyaltieses una mujer muy leal
B. CPD loyalty card N (Brit) (Comm) tarjeta que reparten los hipermercados a sus clientes, mediante la que se acumulan puntos u otras ventajas
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[ˈlɔɪəlti] n
(= fidelity) → loyauté f, fidélité f
to swear an oath of loyalty to sb/sth → jurer fidélité a qn/qch
I have sworn an oath of loyalty to the monarchy → J'ai juré fidélité à la monarchie.
sb's loyalty to sb → la loyauté de qn envers qn, la fidélité de qn à qn
out of loyalty to sb → par loyauté envers qn, par fidélité envers qn
(= allegiance) to have divided loyalties → être tiraillé(e) entre deux camps
to have strong loyalties to sb → être dévoué(e) à qnloyalty card ncarte f de fidélité
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


Treue f; conflicting loyaltiesnicht zu vereinbarende Treuepflichten; torn between loyalty to X and loyalty to Yhin- und hergerissen in der Treue zu X und der zu Y
(non-emotional) → Loyalität f; his changing political loyaltiesseine wechselnden politischen Bekenntnisse
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007


[ˈlɔɪltɪ] nlealtà f inv, fedeltà f inv
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(ˈloiəl) adjective
faithful. a loyal friend.
ˈloyally adverb
ˈloyalty noun
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.


إِخْلَاْصٌ loajalita loyalitet Loyalität αφοσίωση lealtad uskollisuus loyauté lojalnost lealtà 忠誠 충성 loyaliteit lojalitet lojalność lealdade лояльность lojalitet ความจงรักภักดี sadakat lòng trung thành 忠诚
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Under the influence of these ideas the world is rapidly changing in the direction of a world composed of individuals, unencumbered by substantive communal loyalties.
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As James Reston wrote, "Most of those who stayed on at the critical period of escalation gave to the President the loyalty they owed to the country." That realization prompted many individuals throughout the government and the military industrial complex to begin grappling with competing loyalties: to their bosses, colleagues, and careers, and to their consciences.
In traditional organizations, belief in personal loyalty seems to have evolved into cult-like behavior; workers, as a matter of custom or submission, have fashioned their loyalties to fit the arbitrary desires of those in the hierarchy.
Employers, on the other hand, must deal with a far more mobile work force that has multiple loyalties and a different set of values than the previous generation, and which, in many instances, considers job-hopping a normal route to professional growth and personal fulfillment.