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[dis-loi-uh l] /dɪsˈlɔɪ əl/
false to one's obligations or allegiances; not loyal; faithless; treacherous.
Origin of disloyal
1470-80; < Middle French desloial, Old French desleal, equivalent to des- dis-1 + leal loyal
Related forms
disloyalist, noun
disloyally, adverb
unfaithful, perfidious, traitorous, treasonable. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for disloyal
  • Even good publicity could make a banker uppity, disloyal and limelight-seeking.
  • How many fall into the disloyal categories is not known.
  • These figures are viewed as disloyal to the cause of conservatism.
  • No one who participates in this conversation should be branded as disloyal or a traitor.
  • He has purged the military of the disloyal officers who betrayed him.
  • Many viewed his action as disloyal and opportunistic.
  • Renee was fired for her disloyal behavior and her poor judgment.
  • We can't have these disloyal people running around and giving comfort to the enemy.
British Dictionary definitions for disloyal


not loyal or faithful; deserting one's allegiance or duty
Derived Forms
disloyally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for disloyal

early 15c. (implied in disloyally), from Old French desloial, desleal (Modern French déloyal) "treacherous, false, deceitful," from des- (see dis-) + loial (see loyal).

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