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loyalist

[loi-uh-list] /ˈlɔɪ ə lɪst/
noun
1.
a person who is loyal; a supporter of the sovereign or of the existing government, especially in time of revolt.
2.
(sometimes initial capital letter) a person who remained loyal to the British during the American Revolution; Tory.
3.
(initial capital letter) an adherent of the republic during the Spanish Civil War, opposed to Franco.
Origin of loyalist
1640-1650
1640-50; loyal + -ist
Related forms
loyalism, noun
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Examples from the Web for loyalist
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  • However, his loyalist supporters dwindled away and he received no reenforcements of British regulars.

    The Road to Independence: Virginia 1763-1783 Virginia State Dept. of Education
  • A Tory pamphleteer of the time gives us the loyalist view of the affair.

    Tea Leaves Various
  • The label of "loyalist" is that which the Ulsterman cherishes above all others.

    Ulster's Stand For Union Ronald McNeill
  • He held a copy of the first number of The loyalist in his hand.

    The Red Hand of Ulster George A. Birmingham
  • He said nothing about it yesterday, but I think he wishes to join Colonel Innis with the loyalist cavalry.

    Horse-Shoe Robinson John Pendleton Kennedy
British Dictionary definitions for loyalist

loyalist

/ˈlɔɪəlɪst/
noun
1.
a patriotic supporter of his sovereign or government
Derived Forms
loyalism, noun

Loyalist

/ˈlɔɪəlɪst/
noun
1.
(in Northern Ireland) any of the Protestants wishing to retain Ulster's link with Britain
2.
(in North America) an American colonist who supported Britain during the War of American Independence
3.
(in Canada) short for United Empire Loyalist
4.
(during the Spanish Civil War) a supporter of the republican government
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Word Origin and History for loyalist
n.

1680s, from loyal + -ist. Meaning different persons in different times and places.

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