American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The fidelity owed by a vassal to his feudal lord.
- n. The oath of such fidelity.
- n. Faithfulness; allegiance. See Synonyms at fidelity.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Fidelity. to a lord; faithful adherence of a tenant or vassal to the superior of whom he holds his lands; the solemn recognition by the tenant, under oath, of his lord's paramount right.
- n. Fidelity in general, as of one friend to another, of a wife to a husband, etc.; faithfulness; faith; loyalty.
- n. Synonyms Allegiance. Loyalty, Fealty. See allegiance.
- n. Fidelity to one's lord; the feudal obligation by which the tenant or vassal was bound to be faithful to his lord; fidelity; allegiance; faithfulness.
- n. The oath by which this obligation was assumed.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Fidelity to one's lord; the feudal obligation by which the tenant or vassal was bound to be faithful to his lord; the special oath by which this obligation was assumed; fidelity to a superior power, or to a government; loyality. It is no longer the practice to exact the performance of fealty, as a feudal obligation.
- n. Fidelity; constancy; faithfulness, as of a friend to a friend, or of a wife to her husband.
- n. the loyalty that citizens owe to their country (or subjects to their sovereign)
- From Anglo-Norman fealté, from Latin fidēlitās ("faithfulness") (Wiktionary)
- Middle English fealtye, from Old French fealte, from Latin fidēlitās, faithfulness, from fidēlis, faithful, from fidēs, faith; see bheidh- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“They have demonstrated that they are willing to hold public safety in fealty to their imperatives, and the public hostage to their collective arrogance.”
“They do so not out some long term fealty to fiscal discipline, but largely because they never valued these conservation programs to begin with.”
“The heavy handed, violence boys take the reigns of a nuclear weapon equipped Middle Eastern country and President Obama bows in fealty?”
“Why should I pay through the nose in fealty to an obsolete business model?”
“The filthy collarless girls approached me warily, squatting to urinate in fealty as they belly-crawled along the gravel driveway. awesome sentence.”
“The filthy collarless girls approached me warily, squatting to urinate in fealty as they belly-crawled along the gravel driveway.”
“What's more, their pious fealty is rewarded tangibly in the form of a paycheck.”
“No one exceeds him and our members in fealty to our sovereign lady, the Queen: The Empire Club is distinctively Canadian and in serving.”
“I joined the Club because from the bottom of my heart I loved the Empire, (Hear, hear) and I love every association and tie which binds Canada in fealty to the beloved Motherland.”
“But that apparently isn’t enough for Obama, who, after leading the country to a point where we finally don’t need to live in fealty to the bankrupt and pernicious ideologues of the right, is now inexplicably pretending he has 40 senators rather than 59.”
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