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fealty

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Definition loyalty — especially the loyalty that citizens owe to their country (or subjects owed their sovereign)
  • gave her oath of fealty
  • inspires fear more than fealty
  • ...he pledged fealty to Mullah Omar, the leader of the Afghan Taliban, declared his fondness for al-Qaeda, and waged 'jihad' against U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan.
    Time Magazine, 2009  --  http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1907025,00.html (retrieved 09/22/09)
  • And lasting fealty to the new-made king.
    Shakespeare  --  King Richard II
  • ...an odd mixture of fealty, reverence, and fatherly solicitude.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • They are alive... You owe everything... The King made you his deputy... Your fealty... It would not be true!
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • In acknowledgment of fealty, he proceeded to take upon himself the guardianship of his master's property.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • I got the feeling she had accepted my fealty and adopted us into her brood.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Hidden Oracle
  • Karna, in return, had pledged Duryodhana eternal fealty.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • Will you give me a sign of fealty, bondsman?
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • One had been presented to Santos, vassal to Carlos, whose fealty to his lord had perhaps run its suffocating course.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • And so then when the assurance was made, he made his homage and fealty, and all those earls and barons with him.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume I
  • Besides, I would prefer not to seize control of your mind and force you to swear fealty to me.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • "If you've sworn fealty to the Wild Hunt, you're one of them."
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • He goes, "Pledge to me your fealty," and I say, "Huh?" and he says, "Never mind, there's no time to look up 'fealty.'
    Rodman Philbrick  --  Freak the Mighty
  • She never questioned this fealty, she told me; it was part of her bloodstream, so much so that as a little girl growing up she rarely even resented it.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • "To whom do you owe your fealty?" he demanded.
    R.A. Salvatore  --  The Crystal Shard
  • Belike that now she hath enfranchis'd them Upon some other pawn for fealty.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • As such, he will swear fealty to Lord Prusias and depart from Rowan in two days' time.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • And so then when the assurance was made, he made his homage and fealty, and all those earls and barons with him.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D'Arthur

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