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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.



fealty (countable and uncountable, plural fealties)

  1. Fidelity to one's lord or master; the feudal obligation by which the tenant or vassal was bound to be faithful to his lord.
    Synonyms: fidelity, allegiance, faithfulness
    • 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[1], 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.
  2. The oath by which this obligation was assumed.

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