• WordNet 3.6
    • n allegiance the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action "his long commitment to public service","they felt no loyalty to a losing team"
    • n allegiance the loyalty that citizens owe to their country (or subjects to their sovereign)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Allegiance Devotion; loyalty; as, allegiance to science. "Hear me, recreant, on thine allegiance hear me!""So spake the Seraph Abdiel, faithful found, . . . Unshaken, unseduced, unterrified,
      His loyalty he kept, his love, his zeal."
    • Allegiance The tie or obligation, implied or expressed, which a subject owes to his sovereign or government; the duty of fidelity to one's king, government, or state.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n allegiance The tie or obligation of a subject or citizen to his sovereign or government; the duty of fidelity to a king, government, or state. Every citizen owes allegiance to the government under which he is born. Natural or implied allegiance is that obligation which one owes to the nation of which he is a natural-born citizen or subject so long as he remains such, and it does not arise from any express promise. Express allegiance is that obligation which proceeds from an express promise or oath of fidelity. Local or temporary allegiance is due from an alien to the government or state under or in which he resides. In the United States the paramount allegiance of a citizen has been decided to be due to the general government, and not to the government of the particular State in which he is domiciled.
    • n allegiance Hence Observance of obligation in general; fidelity to any person or thing; devotion.
    • n allegiance Synonyms Allegiance, Loyalty, Fealty. Allegiance is the most formal and official of these words; it is a matter of principle, and applies especially to conduct; the oath of allegiance covers conduct only.
    • n allegiance Loyalty is a matter of both principle and sentiment, conduct and feeling; it implies enthusiasm and devotion, and hence is most frequently chosen for figurative uses: as, loyalty to a lover, husband, family, clan, friends, old traditions, religion. Neither allegiance nor loyalty is confined to its original meaning of the obligation due from a subject to a prince.
    • n allegiance Fealty has escaped less completely from this earliest sense, but has a permissible use in the sense of fidelity under obligation of various kinds.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Allegiance al-lēj′i-ans the duty of a subject to his liege or sovereign
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  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
    “Utility is the great idol of the age, to which all powers must do service and all talents swear allegiance.”
  • John F. Kennedy
    “For if Freedom and Communism were to compete for mans allegiance in a world at peace, I would look to the future with ever increasing confidence.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. alegeaunce,; pref. a-, + OF. lige, liege,. The meaning was influenced by L. ligare, to bind, and even by lex, legis, law. See Liege Ligeance
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ad, to, and Liege.


In literature:

There was no other bond between them than that of their common allegiance to the Government of the mother-country.
"The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Jefferson Davis
You've got to take an oath of allegiance.
"The Jolliest School of All" by Angela Brazil
Of the oath of allegiance there was no question whatever.
"The Petticoat Commando" by Johanna Brandt
Financed by the Hovey Fund, it owed allegiance, she believed, to women as well as the Negro.
"Susan B. Anthony" by Alma Lutz
But she had not hesitated in her allegiance to the heavenly voice.
"Tiverton Tales" by Alice Brown
Evidently there is much sophistication, not to say conventionalised affectation, in all this national attachment and allegiance.
"An Inquiry Into The Nature Of Peace And The Terms Of Its Perpetuation" by Thorstein Veblen
But I will renounce my allegiance to Angus.
"Space Viking" by Henry Beam Piper
They met Mohammad and took an oath of allegiance.
"A Critical Exposition of the Popular 'Jihád'" by Moulavi Gerágh Ali
Texas clearly owed no allegiance to the usurper Bustamente.
"Mexico and its Religion" by Robert A. Wilson
He was also compelled to take the oath of allegiance.
"The Story of the Upper Canada Rebellion, Volume 1" by John Charles Dent

In poetry:

'Tis not enough that you avow
Allegiance at my gates;
Many who bear the wattle-bough
Are not initiates;
"Bacchus [Excerpt]" by Bernard O Dowd
Are those, I muse, the Easter chimes?
And listen, weaving careless rhymes
While the loud city's griefs and crimes
Pay gentle allegiance
To the fine quiet that sublimes
These dreamy regions.
"Fancy's Casuistry" by James Russell Lowell
Piety and conformity to them that like!
Peace, obesity, allegiance, to them that like!
I am he who tauntingly compels men, women, nations,
Crying, Leap from your seats, and contend for your lives!
"As I Sat Alone" by Walt Whitman
"He perish'd! I ask not why or how?
I come to recall my troth;
Take back, my lady, thy broken vow,
Give back my allegiance oath;
Let the past be buried between us now
For ever — 'tis best for both.
"Fauconshawe" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
From her full breast we drank of joy and mirth
And gave to her a boy's unreasoned heart,
Wherein Time's fullness was to bring to birth
Such passionate allegiance that to part
Seemed like the passing of all light on earth.
"Ave, Mater - atque Vale" by William Noel Hodgson
We owe allegiance to the State; but deeper, truer, more,
To the sympathies that God hath set within our spirit's core;
Our country claims our fealty; we grant it so, but then
Before Man made us citizens, great Nature made us men.
"On The Capture Of Fugitive Slaves Near Washington" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

Allegiant Air Suspending it's Idaho Falls To Oakland Flights.
Allegiant Air is suspending its Idaho Falls-Oakland flights.
Allegiant Air aircraft as seen as Las Vegas McCarran International Airport on Oct 13, 2009.
Customers with reservations will be contacted directly by Allegiant for full refunds.
Updated Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012, at 8:29 p.m. Allegiant Air has suspended its twice-weekly direct flights from Wichita to Los Angeles after it lost gate space at LAX.
Allegiant Air to Offer Row 44 IFE.
Laurie Reeves Goss was removed from an Allegiant flight, and she thought it must have been a misunderstanding relating to her disability.
Allegiant Airlines Says It's Leaving Loveland-Fort Collins Airport Over Safety Concerns.
Allegiant Airlines has already announced that it will be leaving Loveland-Fort Collins Airport by mid-October, effectively robbing local residents of inexpensive flights to Las Vegas and Phoenix.
Allegiant Air was sponsoring the promotion, as part of its "Vote for Vacation" bus tour.
The first person arrived around 5 am, hoping to win two roundtrip tickets to anywhere Allegiant Air flies.
Allegiant Air employees stopped at the Mesa Mall, as part of their national bus tour, and did not come empty handed.
Allegiant Airlines says it's still interested in running flights from Paine Field, even though Horizon Airlines has dropped out.
Allegiant Air and a union representing 600 flight attendants say contract talks have stalled and the National Mediation Board is being asked to step in.
The union representing 600 flight attendants at Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air says contract talks are stalled and it is asking the National Mediation Board to step in.

In science:

Keck spectra of high-z supernova candidates, my primary allegiance was with the HZT.
Einstein's Biggest Blunder? High-Redshift Supernovae and the Accelerating Universe
Stapp repeatedly stresses that “all the assumptions used in [his] proof are elements of orthodox quantum philosophy”. At root, it is precisely Stapp’s allegiance to this philosophy which prevents him from constructing a valid proof.
Bell Locality and the Nonlocal Character of Nature
In the alternative to Stapp’s approach advocated by Bell and elaborated here, we begin not with an arbitrary allegiance to the orthodox quantum philosophy, but with a straightforward, mathematically precise definition of local causality, motivated exclusively by relativity theory.
Bell Locality and the Nonlocal Character of Nature
Natural science puts something close to this hierarchical view into practice, but in a way that is constrained and handicapped by general allegiance to standard empiricism (SE), and it is this which damages science in a variety of ways, as we shall now see.
Do We Need a Scientific Revolution?
Assumptions and associated methods of science have improved over the centuries (or we would still be stuck with pre-Galilean, Aristotelian science), but it has come about in an implicit, almost furtive fashion, retarded by general allegiance to SE.7 3.
Do We Need a Scientific Revolution?