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.

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

  2. loyaltynoun

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

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

  3. loyaltynoun

    Faithful to a private person to whom fidelity is due.

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

  4. loyaltynoun

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

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

  5. loyaltynoun

    The state of being loyal; fidelity.

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

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. Richard Paul Evans:

    I am not a believer in love at first sight. For love, in its truest form, is not the thing of starry-eyed or star-crossed lovers, it is far more organic, requiring nurturing and time to fully bloom, and, as such, seen best not in its callow youth but in its wrinkled maturity. Like all living things, love, too, struggles against hardship, and in the process sheds its fatuous skin to expose one composed of more than just a storm of emotion–one of loyalty and divine friendship. Agape. And though it may be temporarily blinded by adversity, it never gives in or up, holding tight to lofty ideals that transcend this earth and time–while its counterfeit simply concludes it was mistaken and quickly runs off to find the next real thing.” ― Richard Paul Evans

  2. Read MoreWhen:

    I think, for a long time, you know, Democrats have gotten the loyalty of the African-American community, and they've gotten that loyalty but haven't really done anything in return, so now you have a lot of black people saying no.

  3. Tu Le:

    Communities tend to lean towards loyalty ... that’s exactly what Nio is tapping into, if Nio can continue to build the community, launch great products, and not have any major quality spills they are well-positioned to be a major player in China.

  4. Jeff Porzio:

    I’m very lucky, and I reward the company with my loyalty.

  5. Eliot Engel:

    I welcome debate in Congress based on the merits of policy, but it's unacceptable and deeply offensive to call into question the loyalty of fellow American citizens because of their political views, including support for the US-Israel relationship, we all take the same oath. Worse, Representative Omar comments leveled that charge by invoking a vile anti-Semitic slur.

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