from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Steadfast in allegiance to one's homeland, government, or sovereign.
- adjective Faithful to a person, ideal, custom, cause, or duty. synonym: faithful.
- adjective Of, relating to, or marked by loyalty.
from The Century Dictionary.
- True or faithful in allegiance; keeping faith or troth; constant in service, devotion, or regard; not false or treacherous: used especially of allegiance to the sovereign, government, or law, but applied to all other relations of trust or confidence: as, a loyal subject; a loyal friend; to be loyal to one's cause.
- Pertaining to or marked by allegiance or good faith; manifesting fidelity or devotion: as, loyal professions; loyal adherence to a principle.
- Synonyms See
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Faithful to law; upholding the lawful authority; faithful and true to the lawful government; faithful to the prince or sovereign to whom one is subject; unswerving in allegiance.
- adjective True to any person or persons to whom one owes fidelity, especially as a wife to her husband, lovers to each other, and friend to friend; constant; faithful to a cause or a principle.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
Firmin allegianceto a person or institution.
Faithfulto a person or cause.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adjective steadfast in allegiance or duty
- adjective inspired by love for your country
- adjective unwavering in devotion to friend or vow or cause
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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Their capacity to love wholly, and unquestionable, and remain loyal is beyond any animal; indeed, in many cases, it is beyond many humans.
one day we'll look back on this and it will all seem funny 2005
All of the above being said in the original meaning of the term loyal opposition, it meant the opposition was constructive in its criticism and suggestions.
As for those who claimed 'GWB is not my president' and stayed the term loyal opposition is obviously lost them.
Now that's what I call loyal and true American pride.
"Why couldn't President Obama have put on more of a show for his British guests?" Ann Althouse 2009
On that question he pretended to decline expressing an opinion; but urged the action on the false suggestion that this Grand Lodge had voluntarily repudiated her jurisdiction over what he called the loyal portion of Virginia -- and in the form of queries, argued that that portion of her territory was now a Masonic waste, in which any Grand Lodge might charter a Lodge.
Free masonry and the war : report of the committee under the resolutions of 1862, Grand Lodge of Virginia, in reference to our relations as masonic bodies and as masons, in the North and South, growing out of the manner in which the present war has been prosecuted : adopted by the Grand Lodge of Virginia, December 12, 1864, and ordered to be published. John Dove, Grand Secretary, Freemasons. Grand Lodge of Virginia 1865
That is what I call loyal servants alright ... they have yet again demonstrated beyond a shadow of a doubt exactly who they are loyal to.
These guys need to get their act together and figure out that the “loyal” in loyal opposition is fealty to the country first, and not the party.
The lure of a big payday, however, is not the only reason he and Brotzman, an information technology consultant, remain loyal to high-stakes fantasy football despite the fragile economy.
For some high-rollers fantasy football is no game, and it's big business Gene Wang 2010
In fact, so terrible did we make ourselves, that it became a greater peril to betray us than to remain loyal to us.
Chapter 16: The End 2010
The crews currently associated with New York neighborhoods will remain loyal to ideas set forth by family associations.
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