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"He's a loyal kid, at that," Burke commented, with a grudging admiration.

But, talk as he might, in Johnny Rosenfeld's loyal heart there was no thought of desertion.

It seems fairly certain also that Heidegger was none too loyal as a partner.

Anybody would be loyal who'd been treated as my father treated Aleck.

But he was a good husband, and she had a loyal respect for his rights.

They drank to the health of this exacting, loyal maiden, and Cross gave her name.

Afterward I learned that he was our dragoman's father; but I was loyal and did not tell.

He took oath of all the princes and nobles, who swore to be loyal to their new master.

So he ordered his loyal vassal to take his sword to the island of Avalon.

So it's a technicality that you don't have to be loyal to an orphan home.

WORD ORIGIN

1530s, in reference to subjects of sovereigns or governments, from Middle French loyal, from Old French loial, leal "of good quality; faithful; honorable; law-abiding; legitimate, born in wedlock," from Latin legalem, from lex "law." In most cases it has displaced Middle English leal, which is from the same French source. Sense development in English is feudal, via notion of "faithful in carrying out legal obligations." In a general sense (of dogs, lovers, etc.), from c.1600. As a noun meaning "those who are loyal" from 1530s (originally often in plural).

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