The definition of allegiance means giving a promise to be loyal, or the action of actually being loyal and on someone's side.(noun)
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Origin: ME alligeaunce, altered (after allegeaunce, a formal declaration < aleggen, allege) < OFr ligeance < lige, liege (see liege); sense affected by assoc. with L ligare, to bind
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Origin: Middle English alligeaunce
Origin: , alteration of ligeaunce
Origin: , from Old French ligeance
Origin: , from lige, liege; see liege.
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See also nationalism.
the act of renouncing upon oath, as by an alien applying for citizenship who renounces allegiance to a former country of nationality.
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.
1. In the Feudal System, allegiance of a vassal to his lord.
kneeling or bending the knee, especially in worship or reverence.
a follower who obeys orders without question. —myrmidonian, adj.
1. a gesture of respect, as a bow.
2. homage or an act of homage. —obeisant, adj.
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