What does loyalty mean?

Definitions for loyalty
ˈlɔɪ əl tiloy·al·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. loyalty, truenessnoun

    the quality of being loyal

  2. loyaltynoun

    feelings of allegiance

  3. commitment, allegiance, loyalty, dedicationnoun

    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. loyaltynoun

    Unswerving in allegiance.

  2. loyaltynoun

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

  3. loyaltynoun

    Faithful to a private person to whom fidelity is due.

  4. loyaltynoun

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

  5. loyaltynoun

    The state of being loyal; fidelity.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Loyaltynoun

    Etymology: loiaulte, French.

    Though loyalty, well held, to fools does make
    Our faith meer folly; yet he that can endure
    To follow with allegiance a fall’n lord,
    Does conquer him that did his master conquer. William Shakespeare.

    To day shalt thou behold a subject die
    For truth, for duty, and for loyalty. William Shakespeare, Rich. III.

    Commissions flaw’d the heart
    Of all their loyalties. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    He had never had any veneration for the court, but only such loyalty to the king as the law required. Edward Hyde.

    Abdiel faithful found
    Unshaken, unseduc’d, unterrify’d,
    His loyalty he kept. John Milton.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Loyaltynoun

    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.

Editors Contribution

  1. loyalty

    The quality of being loyal.

    Loyalty is vital quality for couples, partnerships and marriage and we do this easily knowing love, unity, understanding and loyalty are for life.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 29, 2020  

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  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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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

Examples of loyalty in a Sentence

  1. Chuck Schumer:

    Its clear that Rep. Ratcliffe was selected because Texas Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe exhibited blind loyalty to President Trump with Texas Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe demagogic questioning of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller, if Senate Republicans elevate such a partisan player to a position that requires intelligence expertise and non-partisanship, it would be a big mistake.

  2. District Judge Randolph Moss:

    Hodgkins was staking a claim on the floor of the United States Senate, not with the American flag but with a flag declaring his loyalty to a single individual over the entire nation.

  3. Ryan Pack:

    Marriage: What is marriage? Marriage is a legally and socially sanctioned union regulated by laws, rules, beliefs, customs, and attitudes. You see the task you perform when your married are the same task you perform when your not married, so is there really any reason to get married, no. Its just something people do for attention and entertainment. People are too unstable and unpredictable, you never know if the person you want to marry is good or bad. I don't think marriage is safe, I don't think its worth the risk. You never know how its going to end, in success or tragedy. You could become a victim of violence, you could end up in the courtroom for years arguing over who gets custody of the children, how much your going to pay in child support, how much your going to pay in alimony, and who gets what possessions. It's stressful and a waste of your life. You don't need a marriage certificate, a wedding dress, a fancy, expensive ring, a big ceremony, or a honeymoon to show your loyalty, respect, and love to someone. Qualities like loyalty, respect, and love come from always doing what's just, not from getting married and having children.

  4. Rick Garlick:

    While passengers often choose airlines based on price, convenient scheduling, or loyalty program membership, about one-in-five choose airlines based on specific things they like about the brand such as customer service, in-flight entertainment, or more comfortable seating.

  5. Harvey Keitel:

    It taught me how to endure, taught me how to endure hardships, it taught me what real camaraderie was like. It taught me what sacrifice was really like and what loyalty was.

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