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[fee-uh l-tee] /ˈfi əl ti/
noun, plural fealties.
  1. fidelity to a lord.
  2. the obligation or the engagement to be faithful to a lord, usually sworn to by a vassal.
fidelity; faithfulness.
Origin of fealty
1275-1325; Middle English feute, feaute, fealtye < Anglo-French, Old French feauté, fealté < Latin fidēlitāt- (stem of fidēlitās) fidelity; internal -au-, -al- from feal, reshaping (by substitution of -al- -al1) of fe(d)eil < Latin fidēlis
Related forms
nonfealty, noun, plural nonfealties.
unfealty, noun, plural unfealties.
2. loyalty, devotion. Unabridged
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  • Two groups are competing for the fealty of the old grads.
  • His reluctance to put things on a financial footing, rather, shows a desire for his subjects' absolute fealty.
  • Voting has become more a matter of consumer choice than of ideological fealty.
  • fealty to your company has diminished, and so has a company's fealty to its employees.
  • Really, any old name with connections and fealty to powerful bank interests would do.
  • And through it all there has been a curious silence and even expressions of sadness and fealty from those he apparently betrayed.
  • Unfortunately, his enthusiasm for cleaner air in the parks is not nearly as strong as his fealty to the utilities.
  • She takes to both the family and the business with zealous fealty.
  • They taste fresh and light, bolstering the menu's declaration of fealty to organic produce and all-natural meats.
  • Toxic leaders demand more fealty than benign leaders require, and they do not tolerate dissent or questions about their decisions.
British Dictionary definitions for fealty


noun (pl) -ties
(in feudal society) the loyalty sworn to one's lord on becoming his vassal See homage (sense 2)
Word Origin
C14: from Old French fealte, from Latin fidēlitāsfidelity
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Word Origin and History for fealty

c.1300, from Old French feauté "loyalty, fidelity; homage sworn by a vassal to his overlord; faithfulness," from Latin fidelitatem (nominative fidelitas) "fidelity," from fidelis "loyal, faithful" (see fidelity).

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