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loyalty

[loi-uh l-tee] /ˈlɔɪ əl ti/
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
1350-1400; Middle English loialte < Middle French. See loyal, -ty2
Related forms
nonloyalty, noun, plural nonloyalties.
overloyalty, noun, plural overloyalties.
unloyalty, noun, plural unloyalties.
Synonyms
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.
Antonyms
1, 2. faithlessness.
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British Dictionary definitions for overloyalty

loyalty

/ˈlɔɪəltɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the state or quality of being loyal
2.
(often pl) a feeling of allegiance
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Word Origin and History for overloyalty

loyalty

n.

c.1400, from Old French loialté, leauté "loyalty, fidelity; legitimacy; honesty; good quality" (Modern French loyauté), from loial (see loyal). Earlier leaute (mid-13c.), from the older French form. Loyalty oath first attested 1852.

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