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[dis-loi-uh l-tee] /dɪsˈlɔɪ əl ti/
noun, plural disloyalties.
the quality of being disloyal; lack of loyalty; unfaithfulness.
violation of allegiance or duty, as to a government.
a disloyal act.
Origin of disloyalty
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Middle French desloiaute, Old French desleaute, equivalent to desleal disloyal + -te -ty2
1. faithlessness, subversion. Disloyalty, perfidy, treachery, treason imply betrayal of trust. Disloyalty applies to any violation of loyalty, whether to a person, a cause, or one's country, and whether in thought or in deeds: to suspect disloyalty in a friend. Perfidy implies deliberate breaking of faith or of one's pledges and promises, on which others are relying: It is an act of perfidy to cheat innocent people. Treachery implies being secretly traitorous but seeming friendly and loyal: In treachery deceit is added to disloyalty. Treason is performing overt acts to help the enemies of one's country or government: Acting to aid a hostile power is treason. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for disloyalty
  • The same chair who you worry will get mad at you for showing disloyalty may, in fact, be off interviewing for a deanship.
  • It was largely your guilt toward your comrades and toward the dead that held you back, the dread of disloyalty.
  • This, of course, is a satire on the disloyalty of whigs.
  • They, too, had felt the pang of the disloyalty of comrades.
  • But to those interned, the formal apology and the removal of the stigma of disloyalty may count for far more than the cash.
  • The defectors say they are being hunted down by a regime that won't forgive disloyalty.
  • To choose foreignness is an act of disloyalty to one's native country.
  • The independent media have been shut down, and several journalists and politicians suspected of disloyalty have been jailed.
  • It is also something that does not exactly flatter your character: disloyalty is deceptive and dishonorable.
  • Herman seems disinclined to make distinctions between poor policy advice and disloyalty.
British Dictionary definitions for disloyalty


noun (pl) -ties
the condition or an instance of being unfaithful or disloyal
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Word Origin and History for disloyalty

early 15c., from Middle French desloyaulte, from Old French desloiaute, desleauté "disloyalty, faithlessness, marital infidelity," from desloial (see disloyal). Especially of allegiance to a state or sovereign since c.1600.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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