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From Middle English fealtye, feaute, feawte, feute, fewte, from Anglo-Norman fëalté and Old French fëauté, fëuté, from Latin fidēlitās (“faithfulness”). Equivalent to obsolete feal + -ty. Doublet of fidelity.
- Fidelity to one's lord or master; the feudal obligation by which the tenant or vassal was bound to be faithful to his lord.
- 1831, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Romance and Reality, volume 3, page 111:
- I doubt whether the most devoted fidelity would bear strict examination as to the short reposes even the most entire fealty permits itself.
- 2020 November 18, Richard Fausset; Jonathan Martin, “In Georgia, a Republican Feud With Trump at the Center”, in The New York Times, ISSN 0362-4331:
- And yet the war has come, full of double-crossing, internecine accusations of lying and incompetence, and a bitter cleavage into factions over the question of how much fealty should be shown to President Trump — and the extent to which Republicans should amplify his false argument that the election in this fast-changing Southern state was stolen from him.
- The oath by which this obligation was assumed.
fidelity to one's lord
the oath by which this obligation was assumed
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