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disloyalty

[dis-loi-uh l-tee] /dɪsˈlɔɪ əl ti/
noun, plural disloyalties.
1.
the quality of being disloyal; lack of loyalty; unfaithfulness.
2.
violation of allegiance or duty, as to a government.
3.
a disloyal act.
Origin of disloyalty
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Middle French desloiaute, Old French desleaute, equivalent to desleal disloyal + -te -ty2
Synonyms
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.
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  • Captain General, it hurts my soul to say it, but there is disloyalty on the ships—it is everywhere.

  • It was the only thing to do, and yet it seemed almost like disloyalty to Malcolm Dunn.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards Joseph C. Lincoln
  • He grew ashamed of himself, realizing that a foolish and unwarrantable jealousy had led him into a species of disloyalty.

    Overland Red Henry Herbert Knibbs
  • The machine should tell you that I'm not doing so out of disloyalty.

    Security Poul William Anderson
  • And they rouse within Hindu youth who go to England a radical spirit of discontent and disloyalty.

British Dictionary definitions for disloyalty

disloyalty

/dɪsˈlɔɪəltɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the condition or an instance of being unfaithful or disloyal
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Word Origin and History for disloyalty
n.

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.

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