- Swearing that you will follow the laws of a country is an example of giving allegiance.
- Always defending your friend and looking out for his best interests is an example of allegiance to your friend.
The definition of allegiance means giving a promise to be loyal, or the action of actually being loyal and on someone's side.
- the duty that was owed by a vassal to his feudal lord
- the obligation of support and loyalty to one's ruler, government, or country
- loyalty or devotion, as to a cause, person, etc.
Origin of allegianceMiddle English alligeaunce, altered (after allegeaunce, a formal declaration from aleggen, allege) from Old French ligeance from lige, liege (see liege); sense affected by associated, association with Classical Latin ligare, to bind
- Loyalty or the obligation of loyalty, as to a nation, sovereign, or cause. See Synonyms at fidelity.
- The obligations of a vassal to a lord.
Origin of allegianceMiddle English alligeaunce alteration of ligeaunce from Old French ligeance from lige liege ; see liege .
See also nationalism.abjuration the act of renouncing upon oath, as by an alien applying for citizenship who renounces allegiance to a former country of nationality. defection the act of abandoning a person or cause to which one has an obligation or allegiance, especially accompanied by flight from one’s country. —defector, defectionist, n. fealty 1. In the Feudal System, allegiance of a vassal to his lord. 2. allegiance. genuflection kneeling or bending the knee, especially in worship or reverence. Myrmidon a follower who obeys orders without question. —myrmidonian, adj. obeisance 1. a gesture of respect, as a bow. 2. homage or an act of homage. —obeisant, adj.