(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. allegiance, faithfulness, fidelity, devotion, constancy, fealty, homage, trustworthiness, integrity, attachment, trueness, sincerity, steadfastness, adherence, staunchness, stalwartness, Dependability, devotedness, support, dedication, commitment, steadiness, single-heartedness, singleness of heart, bond, tie, group feeling, probity, uprightness, honor, reliability, good faith, faith, incorruptibility, scrupulousness, conscientiousness, singlemindedness, inviolability, firmness, zeal, ardor, earnestness, resolution, obedience, duty, esprit de corps, solidarity.
Ant. disloyalty*, perfidy, faithlessness.
Syn.- loyalty suggests a steadfast devotion of an unquestioning kind that one may feel for one's family, friends, or country; allegiance refers to the duty of a citizen to the government or a similarly felt obligation to support a cause or leader; fidelity implies strict adherence to an obligation or trust; fealty , now chiefly a literary word, suggests faithfulness that one has sworn to uphold; homage implies respect or honor rendered to a person because of rank or achievement, often accompanied by a sense of allegiance
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
faithfulness, allegiance, devotion, dedication, patriotism, fidelity, duty, honor, reliability, dependability, steadfastness, staunchness, trustworthiness.
ANT.: disloyalty, backstabbing, treachery, perfidy
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. Faithfulness or devotion to a person, a cause, obligations, or duties: allegiance, constancy, faithfulness, fealty, fidelity, steadfastness. See CONTINUE, OBLIGATION. 2. The condition of being closely tied to another by affection or faith. Used in plural: affection, attachment, devotion, fondness, liking, love. See CONNECT.

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