1. Fidelity to one's lord; the feudal obligation by which the tenant or vassal was bound to be faithful to his lord; the special oath by which this obligation was assumed; fidelity to a superior power, or to a government; loyalty. It is no longer the practice to exact the performance of fealty, as a feudal obligation.
2. Fidelity; constancy; faithfulness, as of a friend to a friend, or of a wife to her husband.
He should maintain fealty to God. --I. Taylor.
Makes wicked lightnings of her eyes, and saps
The fealty of our friends. --tennyson.
Swore fealty to the new government. --Macaulay.
Note: ☞ Fealty is distinguished from homage, which is an acknowledgment of tenure, while fealty implies an oath. See Homage.
Syn: -- Homage; loyality; fidelity; constancy.
n : the loyalty that citizens owe to their country (or subjects
to their sovereign) [syn: allegiance]