loyal

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj loyal unwavering in devotion to friend or vow or cause "a firm ally","loyal supporters","the true-hearted soldier...of Tippecanoe"- Campaign song for William Henry Harrison","fast friends"
    • adj loyal steadfast in allegiance or duty "loyal subjects","loyal friends stood by him"
    • adj loyal inspired by love for your country
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Loyal 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. "Welcome, sir John ! But why come you in arms ? To help King Edward in his time of storm,
      As every loyal subject ought to do."
    • Loyal 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. "Your true and loyal wife.""Unhappy both, but loyal their loves."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • loyal 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.
    • loyal Pertaining to or marked by allegiance or good faith; manifesting fidelity or devotion: as, loyal professions; loyal adherence to a principle.
    • loyal Synonyms See allegiance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Loyal loi′al faithful to one's sovereign: obedient: true to a lover
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Quotations

  • Euripides
    Euripides
    “One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives.”
  • Ernest Hemingway
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    “There is no friend as loyal as a book”
  • Mark Twain
    Mark%20Twain
    “The holy passion of friendship is of so sweet and steady and loyal and enduring a nature that it will last through a whole lifetime, if not asked to lend money.”
  • F. L. Lucan
    F. L. Lucan
    “Nobody ever chooses the already unfortunate as objects of his loyal friendship.”
  • Lord Alfred Tennyson
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    “Manners are not idle, but the fruit. Of loyal nature and of noble mind.”
  • Marina Tsvetaeva
    Marina Tsvetaeva
    “My desk, most loyal friend thank you. You've been with me on every road I've taken. My scar and my protection.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. loyal, OF. loial, leial, L. legalis, fr. lex, legis, law. See Legal, and cf. Leal
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. legalislex, legis, law.

Usage

In literature:

We can be loyal to him, even if we become independent as a new nation.
"The Hero of Ticonderoga" by John de Morgan
The claimants hold that they can prove him loyal.
"In Connection with the De Willoughby Claim" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The breaking out of the Revolutionary War found these people loyal to the cause of the patriots.
"An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America" by J. P. MacLean
Deep in her heart Olga exalted duty before every other virtue, and the duty of a loyal wife before every other duty.
"The Devil" by Joseph O'Brien
The Mayor endeavoured, in impassioned periods, to address the loyal inhabitants, but his eloquence was useless.
"South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 2 (of 6)" by Louis Creswicke
But you did not say one word which was not absolutely loving and loyal.
"The Mistress of Shenstone" by Florence L. Barclay
Hugh Redfield the girl thoroughly understood and loved, he was so simple-hearted and so loyal.
"Cavanaugh: Forest Ranger" by Hamlin Garland
Ulysses is to go to the swineherd who is loyal, and will give shelter.
"Homer's Odyssey" by Denton J. Snider
He was a fearless, honest, loyal, and simple-hearted soldier, who served the nation with entire fidelity and devotion.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 2 of 8" by Various
He was not so romantically loyal, not so inhumanly heroic, that it can truthfully be reported that he never thought of getting rid of Bill.
"Free Air" by Sinclair Lewis
Be valiant, bold, and loyal.
"Historic Boys" by Elbridge Streeter Brooks
The king to whom Joan brought this wonderful message, the king whom she loved so loyally, and for whom she died, spoiled all her plans.
"The Red True Story Book" by Various
My old bones are loyal and cannot tire in a good cause.
"The Lady of Loyalty House" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
In the next four years the treasury receipts show the resources of the loyal States.
"The New Nation" by Frederic L. Paxson
Busy days followed for Kenneth Gregory, and with the loyal support of Jack McCoy, much was accomplished.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
My ideal of life is love in marriage and loyal friends.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.
"History of the War in South Africa 1899-1902 v. 1 (of 4)" by Frederick Maurice
Yet they are loyal Catholics, and with very few exceptions support their Church in the village regularly.
"Quaker Hill" by Warren H. Wilson
They were passively loyal, content to be a protected colony.
"The Day of Sir Wilfrid Laurier" by Oscar D. Skelton
It was quite the rule for the men to stick loyally together, and never expose a comrade if it could possibly be avoided.
"'Jena' or 'Sedan'?" by Franz Beyerlein
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In poetry:

And ravished was that constant heart,
She did to every heart prefer;
For though it could his king forget,
'Twas true and loyal still to her.
"Jemmy Dawson" by Henry Morley
And ravish'd was that constant heart,
She did to every heart prefer;
For though it could its king forget,
'Twas true and loyal still to her.
"Jemmy Dawson" by William Shenstone
Then Liberty's form may sink in dust;
But loyal sons shall transported be
From the mundane scenes of moth and rust,
To the perfect home of Liberty.
"Liberty" by Jared Barhite
Throughout it all his brave and kingly mind
Kept loyal vigil o'er the patriot's vow,
And yet the flag he lifted to the wind
Is drooping o'er him now.
"Morton" by James Whitcomb Riley
For never yet, with ritual pomp and splendor,
In the long heretofore,
A heart more loyal, warm, and true, and tender,
Has England's turf closed o'er.
"In Remembrance Of Joseph Sturge" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Let not our younger faith forget
The loyal souls that held them dear;
The prayers we read their tears have wet,
The hymns we sing they loved to hear.
"Hymn For The Two Hundredth Anniversary Of King’s Chapel" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Located in an alley storefront in the looming shadow of the Hall of Justice, Yellow Pa Taut feeds a loyal customer base of lawyers, cops, and robbers.
Ridge's Bean Post Pub has loyal regulars and players.
Smith's Rewards Loyal Customers With WebMiles.
Reward the Loyal Less, Kill the Speciality, Withdraw From Parts of the World.
There's no mistaking which house on Lake Shore Drive, about 45 minutes northeast of Manchester, is the one full of Paulites -- the intensely loyal, almost fanatical supporters of Rep Ron Paul.
D'Alessandro: In Syracuse scandal, Jim Boeheim may be loyal to a fault or media could be to blame.
Mets' Wright remains loyal to the end.
Subaru is the car company Saab always wanted to be: a niche automaker with a loyal, growing following.
Once again, Dick Cheney sought Tuesday night to come to the rescue of a member of a political family that he has served so loyally for nearly a generation.
An incredible display of just how loyal a dog can be was caught on tape.
Cuba Gooding stayed loyal to Tom Cruise.
Cruise stayed loyal to Gooding.
German rockers Tokio Hotel aren't often in America and they rarely play acoustic, which makes their performance of "Automatic" in Rolling Stone 's New York offices earlier this week an extra special treat for the band's loyal fans.
Steve Scalise among House's most sharp- tongued , loyal Republicans.
His well-known brand " Troubleshooter " has garnered millions of loyal fans.
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In science:

Since ΣD is loyal, we get from the diagram that J ⊇ ker(f ) = J ′R′ (J ). (3) Let U ⊆ E = End(B Σ) be an A–subring.
Galois Corings and a Jacobson-Bourbaki type Correspondence
Thanks to Eric Wang for his loyal friendship and unbounded generosity.
The theory of gyrokinetic turbulence: A multiple-scales approach
Xi ’s generates Ca for a → ∞; clearly Sn/n is not a loyal statistics under this sampling.
Stretched random walks and the behaviour of their summands
Blowing number of a distribution for a statistics and loyal estimators.
Stretched random walks and the behaviour of their summands
Much of the phenomenological work in Pomeron physics was pioneered by loyal participants of the Blois workshop series (J.
XIth International Conference on Elastic and Diffractive Scattering in Chateau de Blois, France, May 15 - 20, 2005. Conference Summary
Many brands seem to have less loyal consumers.
Household-Specific Regressions Using Clickstream Data
Loyal households prefer Yahoo! and Netscape relative to the other ma jor brands.
Household-Specific Regressions Using Clickstream Data
Interestingly, loyal households are also particularly likely to visit unpopular portals such as Go2Net, Hotbot and Ask Jeeves.
Household-Specific Regressions Using Clickstream Data
Many strong brands seem to have less loyal consumers, suggesting that in this context brand strength relates to product features more than simply habit formation.
Household-Specific Regressions Using Clickstream Data
There are three types of consumers, two of which are brand-loyal and the other is brand-indifferent.
Hessian-Free Methods for Checking the Second-Order Sufficient Conditions in Equality-Constrained Optimization and Equilibrium Problems
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