Variant of allegiance
- 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: Middle 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
- allegiant adjective, noun
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