Definitions for Loyalistˈlɔɪ ə lɪst
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
loy•al•istˈlɔɪ ə lɪst(n.)
a person who remains loyal, esp. to a sovereign or existing government.
Category: Common Vocabulary
(sometimes cap.) a person who remained loyal to the British during the American Revolution; Tory.
Category: American History
(cap.) an adherent of the republic during the Spanish Civil War who was opposed to Franco.
Category: Western History
Origin of loyalist:
a person who is loyal to their allegiance (especially in times of revolt)
A person who is loyal to a cause, generally used as a political affiliation.
a person who adheres to his sovereign or to the lawful authority; especially, one who maintains his allegiance to his prince or government, and defends his cause in times of revolt or revolution
In general, loyalism refers to an individual's allegiance toward an established government, political party, or sovereign, especially during times of war and revolt. The most common usage of the term refers to loyalty to the British Crown. The term loyalist was also used during the Spanish Civil War, applying to republicans who remained loyal to the Spanish Republic against Franco's rebellion.
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