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 Dictionary entry overview: What does loyalty mean? 

LOYALTY (noun)
  The noun LOYALTY has 3 senses:

1. the quality of being loyal
2. feelings of allegiance
3. the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action

  Familiarity information: LOYALTY used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

LOYALTY (noun)

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The quality of being loyal

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects


loyalty; trueness

Hypernyms ("loyalty" is a kind of...):

faithfulness; fidelity (the quality of being faithful)


loyal (steadfast in allegiance or duty)

disloyal (deserting your allegiance or duty to leader or cause or principle)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "loyalty"):

staunchness; steadfastness (loyalty in the face of trouble and difficulty)

allegiance; fealty (the loyalty that citizens owe to their country (or subjects to their sovereign))

nationalism; patriotism (love of country and willingness to sacrifice for it)

regionalism (loyalty to the interests of a particular region)


disloyalty (the quality of being disloyal)

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Feelings of allegiance

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Hypernyms ("loyalty" is a kind of...):

love (a strong positive emotion of regard and affection)

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The act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


allegiance; commitment; loyalty; dedication

Context examples:

his long commitment to public service / they felt no loyalty to a losing team

Hypernyms ("loyalty" is a kind of...):

cooperation (joint operation or action)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "loyalty"):

communalism (loyalty and commitment to the interests of your own minority or ethnic group rather than to society as a whole)

consecration (a solemn commitment of your life or your time to some cherished purpose (to a service or a goal))

devotion (commitment to some purpose)

enlistment (the act of enlisting (as in a military service))

faith (loyalty or allegiance to a cause or a person)

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