allegiance

[ uh-lee-juhns ]SEE DEFINITION OF allegiance
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You have seen duty and allegiance in the determined faces of our soldiers.

That every man may enjoy it without injury to his allegiance.

He submitted to the French power, took the oath of allegiance, and became a French citizen.

Even the political parties are losing the allegiance of the press.

Even Will be Will seemed to be wavering in his allegiance to Diabolus.

The old creeds will always hold our reverence and allegiance.

By-and-by he may require everybody to take an oath of allegiance to the King.

But their allegiance belongs to Asad-ed-Din, the exalted of Allah.

He needed the man's allegiance and he had no wish to make an enemy of him.

It was the expiring tribute of allegiance to the chief he adored.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., from Anglo-French legaunce "loyalty of a liege-man to his lord," from Old French legeance, from liege (see liege); erroneously associated with Latin ligare "to bind;" corrupted in spelling by confusion with the now-obsolete legal term allegeance "alleviation." General figurative sense of "recognition of claims to respect or duty" is attested from 1732.

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