adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French desleial, desloial, from des- dis- + leal loyal Date: 15th century lacking in loyalty; also showing an absence of allegiance, devotion, obligation, faith, or support <
his disloyal refusal to help his friend
Synonyms: see faithlessdisloyally adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Disloyal — Dis*loy al, a. [Pref. dis + loyal: cf. OF. desloial, desleal, F. d[ e]loyal. See {Loyal}.] Not loyal; not true to a sovereign or lawful superior, or to the government under which one lives; false where allegiance is due; faithless; as, a subject… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • disloyal — index broken (unfulfilled), disobedient, faithless, hostile, insidious, insubordinate, irresponsible …   Law dictionary

  • disloyal — early 15c. (implied in disloyally), from O.Fr. desloial, desleal (Mod.Fr. déloyal) treacherous, false, deceitful, from des (see DIS (Cf. dis )) + loial (see LOYAL (Cf. loyal)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • disloyal — *faithless, false, perfidious, traitorous, treacherous Analogous words: disaffected, estranged, alienated (see ESTRANGE): *inconstant, fickle, unstable Antonyms: loyal Contrasted words: *faithful, constant, true, staunch, steadfast, resolute …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • disloyal — [adj] unfaithful alienated, apostate, cheating, disaffected, double crossing, estranged, faithless, false, perfidious, recreant, seditious, snaky*, subversive, traitorous, treacherous, treasonable, two faced*, twotiming*, unloyal, unpatriotic,… …   New thesaurus

  • disloyal — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not loyal or faithful. DERIVATIVES disloyally adverb disloyalty noun …   English terms dictionary

  • disloyal — [dis loi′əl] adj. [OFr desloial: see DIS & LOYAL] not loyal or faithful; faithless SYN. FAITHLESS disloyally adv …   English World dictionary

  • disloyal — dis|loy|al [ dıs lɔıəl ] adjective not loyal to someone you have a close relationship with or an organization that you belong to: Disloyal Democrats were welcomed into the Republican Party. disloyal to: She has no intention of being disloyal to… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • disloyal — [[t]dɪ̱slɔ͟ɪ͟əl[/t]] ADJ GRADED: oft ADJ to n Someone who is disloyal to their friends, family, or country does not support them or does things that could harm them. She was so disloyal to her deputy she made his position untenable... Brian sided …   English dictionary

  • disloyal — UK [dɪsˈlɔɪəl] / US adjective not loyal to someone who you have a close relationship with or to an organization that you belong to Disloyal Conservatives were welcomed into the Liberal Party. disloyal to: She has no intention of being disloyal to …   English dictionary

  • disloyal — adj. disloyal to * * * [dɪs lɔɪəl] disloyal to …   Combinatory dictionary

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