What does loyalty mean?

Definitions for loyaltyˈlɔɪ əl ti

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. loyalty, trueness(noun)

    the quality of being loyal

  2. loyalty(noun)

    feelings of allegiance

  3. commitment, allegiance, loyalty, dedication(noun)

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. loyalty(Noun)

    Unswerving in allegiance.

  2. loyalty(Noun)

    Faithful in allegiance to one's lawful sovereign or government.

  3. loyalty(Noun)

    Faithful to a private person to whom fidelity is due.

  4. loyalty(Noun)

    Faithful to a cause, ideal, custom, institution, or product.

  5. loyalty(Noun)

    The state of being loyal; fidelity.

  6. Origin: loiauté (Modern loyauté) from loial + -té

Webster Dictionary

  1. Loyalty(noun)

    the state or quality of being loyal; fidelity to a superior, or to duty, love, etc

Freebase

  1. Loyalty

    Loyalty is faithfulness or a devotion to a person, country, group, or cause. There are many aspects to loyalty. John Kleinig, professor of Philosophy at City University of New York, observes that over the years the idea has been treated by creative writers from Aeschylus through John Galsworthy to Joseph Conrad, by psychologists, psychiatrists, sociologists, scholars of religion, political economists, scholars of business and marketing, and — most particularly — by political theorists, who deal with it in terms of loyalty oaths and patriotism. As a philosophical concept, loyalty was largely untreated by philosophers until the work of Josiah Royce, the "grand exception" in Kleinig's words. John Ladd, professor of Philosophy at Brown University writing in the Macmillan Encyclopaedia of Philosophy in 1967, observes that by that time the subject had received "scant attention in philosophical literature". This he attributed to "odious" associations that the subject had with nationalism, including the nationalism of Nazism, and with the metaphysics of idealism, which he characterized as "obsolete". He argued that such associations were, however, faulty, and that the notion of loyalty is "an essential ingredient in any civilized and humane system of morals". Kleinig observes that from the 1980s onwards, the subject gained attention, with philosophers variously relating it to professional ethics, whistleblowing, friendship, and virtue theory.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'loyalty' in Nouns Frequency: #1833

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of loyalty in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of loyalty in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Deborah Wallace:

    They were their muscle. And what's happened since is that lack of loyalty is causing a whole lot of problems.

  2. Rahm Emanuel:

    I have a lot of loyalty to what he’s done and him, but I have more loyalty to the city of Chicago and its future.

  3. Former CIA Director James Woolsey:

    As far as loyalty is concerned, we're senior government officials — our loyalty ought to be to the Constitution. We're not in medieval England, people aren't trying to stage coups and so forth.

  4. Michel Kafando:

    If you see us getting on with the soldiers today, it is because these soldiers stuck to their mission, which was to protect, rather than shoot, the people, they will stay with us as they have shown proof of their loyalty to the people ... Otherwise we might have slipped into civil war.

  5. Donald Trump:

    The thing that's most important to me is loyalty, you can't hire loyalty. I've had people over the years who I swore were loyal to me, and it turned out that they weren't. Then I've had people that I didn't have the same confidence in and turned out to be extremely loyal. So you never really know.

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