loyalty

[loi-uhl-tee]
noun, plural loyalties.
1.
the state or quality of being loyal; faithfulness to commitments or obligations.
2.
faithful adherence to a sovereign, government, leader, cause, etc.
3.
an example or instance of faithfulness, adherence, or the like: a man with fierce loyalties.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English loialte < Middle French. See loyal, -ty2

nonloyalty, noun, plural nonloyalties.
overloyalty, noun, plural overloyalties.
unloyalty, noun, plural unloyalties.


2. fealty, devotion, constancy. Loyalty, allegiance, fidelity all imply a sense of duty or of devoted attachment to something or someone. Loyalty connotes sentiment and the feeling of devotion that one holds for one's country, creed, family, friends, etc. Allegiance applies particularly to a citizen's duty to his or her country, or, by extension, one's obligation to support a party, cause, leader, etc. Fidelity implies unwavering devotion and allegiance to a person, principle, etc.


1, 2. faithlessness.
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loyalty (ˈlɔɪəltɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  the state or quality of being loyal
2.  (often plural) a feeling of allegiance

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loyalty
c.1400, from O.Fr. loyalté (Fr. loyauté), from O.Fr. loial, from L. legalis "legal," from lex (gen. legis "law"). Replaced Anglo-Norm. leal (q.v.), from the same Latin source. Sense development in English is feudal, via notion of "faithful in carrying out legal
obligations." Loyalty oath first attested 1952.
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Example sentences
One intriguing tool for either identifying outbreaks or alerting customers to
  recalls is grocery store customer loyalty cards.
They are not considered pets, though they are admired for their loyalty and
  valued for their courage.
More common characteristics such as loyalty, tenaciousness, or the instinct to
  herd clearly have genetic underpinnings.
Their howl is astonishing and their loyalty is pure.
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