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loyal

[loi-uh l] /ˈlɔɪ əl/
adjective
1.
faithful to one's sovereign, government, or state:
a loyal subject.
2.
faithful to one's oath, commitments, or obligations:
to be loyal to a vow.
3.
faithful to any leader, party, or cause, or to any person or thing conceived as deserving fidelity:
a loyal friend.
4.
characterized by or showing faithfulness to commitments, vows, allegiance, obligations, etc.:
loyal conduct.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; < Middle French, Old French loial, le(i)al < Latin lēgālis legal
Related forms
loyally, adverb
loyalness, noun
nonloyal, adjective
nonloyally, adverb
overloyal, adjective
overloyally, adverb
quasi-loyal, adjective
quasi-loyally, adverb
superloyal, adjective
superloyally, adverb
unloyal, adjective
unloyally, adverb
Synonyms
1. patriotic. 2. See faithful.
Antonyms
1. faithless, treacherous.
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British Dictionary definitions for un loyal

loyal

/ˈlɔɪəl/
adjective
1.
having or showing continuing allegiance
2.
faithful to one's country, government, etc
3.
of or expressing loyalty
Derived Forms
loyally, adverb
loyalness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Old French loial, leial, from Latin lēgālislegal
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Word Origin and History for un loyal

loyal

adj.

1530s, in reference to subjects of sovereigns or governments, from Middle French loyal, from Old French loial, leal "of good quality; faithful; honorable; law-abiding; legitimate, born in wedlock," from Latin legalem, from lex "law." In most cases it has displaced Middle English leal, which is from the same French source. Sense development in English is feudal, via notion of "faithful in carrying out legal obligations." In a general sense (of dogs, lovers, etc.), from c.1600. As a noun meaning "those who are loyal" from 1530s (originally often in plural).

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