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Meaning of FEALTY

Pronunciation:  'feeultee

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  the loyalty that citizens owe to their country (or subjects to their sovereign)

FEALTY is a 6 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: allegiance
 See Also: loyalty



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Fe"al*ty\, n. [OE. faute, OF. faut['e], fealt['e],
feel['e], feelteit, fr. L. fidelitas, fr. fidelis faithful.
See {Feal}, and cf. Fidelity.]
1. 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. --Wharton
   (Law Dict. ). Tomlins.

2. Fidelity; constancy; faithfulness, as of a friend to a
   friend, or of a wife to her husband.

         He should maintain fealty to God.     --I. Taylor.

         Makes wicked lightnings of her eyes, and saps The
         fealty of our friends.                --tennyson.

         Swore fealty to the new government.   --Macaulay.

Note: Fealty is distinguished from homage, which is an
      acknowledgment of tenure, while fealty implies an oath.
      See {Homage}. --Wharton.

Syn: Homage; loyality; fidelity; constancy.

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