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allegiance

[uh-lee-juh ns] /əˈli dʒəns/
noun
1.
the loyalty of a citizen to his or her government or of a subject to his or her sovereign.
2.
loyalty or devotion to some person, group, cause, or the like.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English aliegiaunce, equivalent to a- probably a-5 + liege liege + -aunce -ance; compare Middle French ligeance
Related forms
nonallegiance, noun
overallegiance, noun
Synonyms
See loyalty.
Antonyms
1. treason. 2. treachery.
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allegiance

/əˈliːdʒəns/
noun
1.
loyalty, as of a subject to his sovereign or of a citizen to his country
2.
(in feudal society) the obligations of a vassal to his liege lord See also fealty, homage (sense 2)
Word Origin
C14: from Old French ligeance, from ligeliege
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Word Origin and History for nonallegiance
allegiance
c.1400, from Anglo-Fr. legaunce "loyalty of a liege-man to his lord," from O.Fr. legeance, from liege (see liege); erroneously associated with L. ligare "to bind;" corrupted in spelling by confusion with the now-obsolete legal term allegeance "alleviation." General figurative sense of "recognition of claims to respect or duty" is attested from 1732.
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