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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.


n, pl -ties
1. the state or quality of being loyal
2. (often plural) a feeling of allegiance


(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]




  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
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"


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


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:
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


[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


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


[ˈlɔɪltɪ] nlealtà f inv, fedeltà f inv


(ˈloiəl) adjective
faithful. a loyal friend.
ˈloyally adverb
ˈloyalty noun


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
References in classic literature ?
Meg longed to go and tell Mother, but a sense of shame at her own short comings, of loyalty to John, "who might be cruel, but nobody should know it," restrained her, and after a summary cleaning up, she dressed herself prettily, and sat down to wait for John to come and be forgiven.
Of course I will not let him make a practice of being with me, but if he comes to see me once in a long time there can be no harm in that," she told herself, still determined in her loyalty to Ned Currie.
I wanted to cross the footlights and help the slim-waisted Armand in the frilled shirt to convince her that there was still loyalty and devotion in the world.
Religion, loyalty, everything would give way if only you cared.
Hester could not but ask herself whether there had not originally been a defect of truth, courage, and loyalty on her own part, in allowing the minister to be thrown into position where so much evil was to be foreboded and nothing auspicious to be hoped.
So from top to bottom the place was simply a seething caldron of jealousies and hatreds; there was no loyalty or decency anywhere about it, there was no place in it where a man counted for anything against a dollar.
Whoever visits some estates there, and witnesses the good-humored indulgence of some masters and mistresses, and the affectionate loyalty of some slaves, might be tempted to dream the oft-fabled poetic legend of a patriarchal institution, and all that; but over and above the scene there broods a portentous shadow--the shadow of law.
It was pitiful for a person born in a whole- some free atmosphere to listen to their humble and hearty outpourings of loyalty toward their king and Church and nobility; as if they had any more occasion to love and honor king and Church and noble than a slave has to love and honor the lash, or a dog has to love and honor the stranger that kicks him
It is not possible to blink the truth that Emma Jane was dull; but a dogged, unswerving loyalty, and the gift of devoted, unselfish loving, these, after all, are talents of a sort, and may possibly be of as much value in the world as a sense of numbers or a faculty for languages.
Naturally frank and straightforward in all her own dealings, Miss Garth shrank from plainly pursuing her doubts to this result: a want of loyalty toward her tried and valued friend seemed implied in the mere dawning of it on her mind.
Cruncher, in an access of loyalty, growlingly repeated the words after Miss Pross, Re somebody at church.
It is thus,'' said Prince John, ``that we set the dutiful example of loyalty to the Queen of Love and Beauty, and are ourselves her guide to the throne which she must this day occupy.