Loy·al·ty n. The state or quality of being loyal; fidelity to a superior, or to duty, love, etc.
He had such loyalty to the king as the law required. --Clarendon.
Not withstanding all the subtle bait
With which those Amazons his love still craved,
To his one love his loyalty he saved. --Spenser.
Note: ☞ “Loyalty . . . expresses, properly, that fidelity which one owes according to law, and does not necessarily include that attachment to the royal person, which, happily, we in England have been able further to throw into the word.”
Syn: -- Allegiance; fealty. See Allegiance.
n 1: the quality of being loyal [ant: disloyalty]
2: feelings of allegiance
3: the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally)
to a course of action; "his long commitment to public
service"; "they felt no loyalty to a losing team" [syn: commitment,