Word of the DayFriday, March 05, 2010
\FEE-uhl-tee\ , noun;
Fidelity to one's lord; the feudal obligation by which the tenant or vassal was bound to be faithful to his lord.
The oath by which this obligation was assumed.
Fidelity; allegiance; faithfulness.
He was re-elected Governor in 1855, and his administration of the State affairs, both in that and the preceding term of office, was marked by a regard for the public interest rather than party fealty.
-- "Andrew Johnson Dead", New York Times, August 1, 1875
Barbour believed Christian conservatives represented a critical constituency, and he looked for opportunities to display his fealty to them.
-- Dan Balz and Ronald Brownstein, Storming the Gates
The aristocratic O'Sullivans were enriched in return for their promise of fealty to the mighty Democratic party and its rising new leader.
-- Edward L. Widmer, Young America
Fealty comes from Old French fealté, from Latin fidelitas, "fidelity," from fidelis, "faithful," from fides, "faith," from fidere, "to trust."
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