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Definition of: allegiance

(ə·lējəns) noun
1. Fidelity, or an obligation of fidelity, to a government from a citizen, to a superior, or to a principle.
2. The obligation of fidelity in general.
3. Archaic The duty and obligation of a vassal holding lands by fealty to the superior lord. [ME alegeaunce <a- to (<L ad-) + OF ligeance <liege. See LIEGE.] Synonyms: devotion, faithfulness, fealty, fidelity, homage, loyalty, obedience, subjection. The feudal uses of these words have mostly passed away with the state of society that gave them birth; but their origin still colors their present meaning. A patriotic American feels an enthusiastic loyalty to the Republic; he takes an oath of allegiance to the government, but his loyalty will lead him to do more than mere allegiance could demand; he pays homage to God or to those principles of right that are supreme; he acknowledges the duty of obedience to all rightful authority; he resents the idea of subjection. Fealty, except in poetic style, has given place to faithfulness or fidelity. Antonyms: disaffection, disloyalty, rebellion, sedition, treason.

Most often used phrases:

swear allegiance
swore allegiance
pledge allegiance
pledged allegiance
switched allegiance
political allegiance
owed allegiance
swearing allegiance
sworn allegiance
party allegiance
true allegiance
owe allegiance
pledging allegiance
owing allegiance
changed allegiance

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"allegiance" has the frequency of use of 0.0008% on city-data.com forum

"allegiance" has the frequency of use of 0.0006% on en.wikipedia.org.

Phrases starting with the letter: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

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