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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One who maintains loyalty to an established government, political party, or sovereign, especially during war or revolutionary change.
  • noun One who supported the established government of Spain during the Spanish Civil War.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A partizan supporter of an existing government; one who opposes insurrection or revolution.
  • noun Specifically, in the American Revolution, a Tory.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A person who adheres to his sovereign or to the lawful authority; especially, one who maintains his allegiance to his prince or government, and defends his cause in times of revolt or revolution.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A person who is loyal to a cause, generally used as a political affiliation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a person who is loyal to their allegiance (especially in times of revolt)

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