fealty

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fealty the loyalty that citizens owe to their country (or subjects to their sovereign)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • fealty 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.
    • fealty Fidelity; constancy; faithfulness, as of a friend to a friend, or of a wife to her husband. "He should maintain fealty to God.""Makes wicked lightnings of her eyes, and saps
      The fealty of our friends."
      "Swore fealty to the new government."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fealty 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 fealty Fidelity in general, as of one friend to another, of a wife to a husband, etc.; faithfulness; faith; loyalty.
    • n fealty Synonyms Allegiance. Loyalty, Fealty. See allegiance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fealty fē′al-ti or fēl′ti the vassal's oath of fidelity to his feudal lord: loyalty.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. feaute, OF. feauté, fealté, feelté, feelteit, fr. L. fidelitas, fr. fidelis, faithful. See Feal, and cf. Fidelity,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. fealte—L. fidelitat-emfidelis, faithful—fidĕre, to trust.

Usage

In literature:

They will obey him, and he has sworn allegiance to Luar, or given some sort of oath of fealty!
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, August 1930" by Various
Henriette kisses the cockade as a sign of fealty to the new order.
"Orphans of the Storm" by Henry MacMahon
The Governing Committee first required oaths of fealty.
"The "Adventurers of England" on Hudson Bay" by Agnes C. (Agnes Christina) Laut
I hastened to do him fealty, said I gathered he was the Squattee, and apologised.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The city swore fealty to Venice in 1270.
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson
Now Isom's talk about the lad's blood, and his expression of high confidence in his fealty, gave her a pleasant topic of speculation.
"The Bondboy" by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
The receiver did homage to the grantor in the form of oath, and also took the oath of fealty.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
I take fealty and do not give it.
"Nuala O'Malley" by H. Bedford-Jones
Then Weise had sworn fealty to the king, raising the arm on which was inscribed the motto of revolution.
"'Jena' or 'Sedan'?" by Franz Beyerlein
The chief who ruled at Aden was practically independent, but owed some fealty to the Sultans of Egypt.
"Rulers of India: Albuquerque" by Henry Morse Stephens
Would she put her hand into his in obedience, in fealty?
"Old Crow" by Alice Brown
Had we not sworn our fealty to the flag, and protection to our town in our boyish patriotism the Summer before?
"The Price of the Prairie" by Margaret Hill McCarter
There is scarce any limit to which this fealty will not go.
"Our Southern Highlanders" by Horace Kephart
There was no secrecy, however, just as there was no oath of fealty demanded of a worker upon joining the organization.
"The Everett massacre" by Walker C. Smith
Fellow-citizens and members of the band, we owe our fealty to the old party.
"A Guest at the Ludlow and Other Stories" by Edgar Wilson (Bill) Nye
Well for them if they learn the lesson, and "know that I am Jehovah your God," mindful of their needs, entitled to their fealty.
"The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Exodus" by G. A. Chadwick
If it goes on, all our vassals will soon be false to their oaths of fealty.
"Barbarossa; An Historical Novel of the XII Century." by Conrad von Bolanden
That no part of the lesson might be lost, the artist had also shown, in that lower panel, the obverse of the reward of fealty.
"The Way of the Gods" by John Luther Long
We meant this to express exceptional fraternal fealty.
"The Preliminaries" by Cornelia A. P. Comer
In England, the tenant from this time swore direct fealty to none save his King.
"A Short History of England, Ireland and Scotland" by Mary Platt Parmele
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In poetry:

Prince, our fealty to Life we pay,
Death is dead and his ashen reign;
His shadow lingers but not for aye—
Out from the Night we come again.
"Ballade Of Death And The Night" by David Gow
And if there's no heaven for love like that,
For such four-legged fealty-well
If I have any choice, I tell you flat,
I'll take my chance in hell.
"Rags" by Edmund Vance Cooke
Shall make ought seem so fair as that beyond—
Beyond the down, which draws their fealty;
Blow high, blow low, some hearts do aye respond
The wind is from the sea.
"Kismet" by Jean Ingelow
Raise high the monumental stone!
A nation's fealty is theirs,
And we are the rejoicing heirs,
The honoured sons of sires whose cares
We take upon us unawares
As freely as our own.
"Brock" by Charles Sangster
"One morn they call'd me forth to sing
Fore our then liege, the English king.
Thy guest, my Lord de Semonville,
His gracious presence was the seal
Of favour to a servant true,
To boasted faith and fealty due!
"The Lay Of Marie - Canto Second" by Matilda Betham
And happy was the maiden's reign—
For peace, and mirth, and twin-born love
Came forth from out men's hearts that day,
Their gladsome fealty to pay;
And there was music in the grove,
And dancing on the plain.
"The Year-King" by Denis Florence MacCarthy

In news:

'King' dethrones our fealty to easy money.
Though they embrace computers and TV, the secret of the tribe's unity lies in fealty to their past.
He is perfectly willing to go before the religious right one day and pledge fealty to them, and the Log Cabin Republicans the...
GOP fealty to 'no new taxes' pledge slipping .
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