fealty

  • 1 fealty — fe al*ty (f[=e] al*t[y^]), n. [OE. feaute, OF. feaut[ e], fealt[ e], feelt[ e], feelteit, fr. L. fidelitas, fr. fidelis faithful. See {Feal}, and cf. Fidelity.] 1. Fidelity to one s lord; the feudal obligation by which the tenant or vassal was… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 fealty — I noun allegiance, compliance, constancy, deference, devotion, duteousness, duty, faith, faithfulness, fidelity, homage, humble service, loyalty, obedience, respect, reverence, servility, steadfastness, support, veneration II index adherence… …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 fealty — c.1300, from O.Fr. feauté loyalty, fidelity; homage sworn by a vassal to his overlord; faithfulness, from L. fidelitatem (nom. fidelitas) fidelity, from fidelis loyal, faithful (see FIDELITY (Cf. fidelity)) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 fealty — *fidelity, loyalty, devotion, allegiance, piety Analogous words: faithfulness or faith, trueness or truth, constancy, staunchness, steadfastness (see corresponding adjectives at FAITHFUL): Obligation, duty Antonyms: perfidy Contrasted words:… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 fealty — ► NOUN historical ▪ a feudal tenant s or vassal s sworn loyalty to a lord. ORIGIN Old French feaulte from Latin fidelitas fidelity …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 fealty — [fē′əl tē] n. pl. fealties [ME feute, fealtye < OFr feauté, fealté < L fidelitas, FIDELITY] 1. a) the duty and loyalty owed by a vassal or tenant to his feudal lord b) an oath of such loyalty 2. Archaic loyalty; fidelity SYN …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 Fealty — This article is about a pledge of allegiance. For the journalist, see Mick Fealty. For the novel by Niven and Pournelle, see Oath of Fealty (novel). English Feudalism …

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  • 8 fealty — /fiy(a)ltiy/ In feudal law, fidelity; allegiance to the feudal lord of the manor; the feudal obligation resting upon the tenant or vassal by which he was bound to be faithful and true to his lord, and render him obedience and service. This fealty …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 9 fealty — /fiy(a)ltiy/ In feudal law, fidelity; allegiance to the feudal lord of the manor; the feudal obligation resting upon the tenant or vassal by which he was bound to be faithful and true to his lord, and render him obedience and service. This fealty …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 10 Fealty — Oath of Fealty An oath of allegiance paid by a knight to his lord or by a lower person to his knight. Sometimes this fealty was in the form of money or possessions. Often it was in the form of an oath to serve, protect and defend. Obligation of… …

    Medieval glossary

  • 11 fealty — [[t]fi͟ːəlti[/t]] N UNCOUNT In former times, if someone swore fealty to their ruler, they promised to be loyal to him or her. Syn: allegiance …

    English dictionary

  • 12 fealty — noun (plural ties) Etymology: Middle English feute, fealtye, from Anglo French feelté, fealté, from Latin fidelitat , fidelitas more at fidelity Date: 14th century 1. a. the fidelity of a vassal or feudal tenant to his lord b. the obligation of… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 13 fealty — /fee euhl tee/, n., pl. fealties. 1. Hist. a. fidelity to a lord. b. the obligation or the engagement to be faithful to a lord, usually sworn to by a vassal. 2. fidelity; faithfulness. [1275 1325; ME feute, feaute, fealtye < AF, OF feauté, fealté …

    Universalium

  • 14 fealty — noun a) Fidelity to ones lord; the feudal obligation by which the tenant or vassal was bound to be faithful to his lord; fidelity; allegiance; faithfulness. b) The oath by which this obligation was assumed …

    Wiktionary

  • 15 Fealty — A *vassal s oath of fidelity to his lord; also the duties of service and aid. [ < Lat. fides = oath, faith; Lat. fidelitas = loyalty] Cf. Hold oath; Homage1; Immixtio manuum …

    Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • 16 Fealty — Some mystery surrounds this name which has caused emminent researchers considerable difficulty. The reason is that originally the name was associated with the Romany s, and whilist the recent history records show the name as being formed in… …

    Surnames reference

  • 17 fealty — Synonyms and related words: acquiescence, adherence, adhesion, allegiance, ardor, assigned task, attachment, bona fides, bond, bonne foi, bounden duty, burden, business, call of duty, charge, commitment, compliance, conformity, constancy,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 18 fealty — I (Roget s IV) n. Syn. homage, allegiance, fidelity; see loyalty . See Synonym Study at loyalty . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun Faithfulness or devotion to a person, a cause, obligations, or duties: allegiance, constancy, faithfulness, fidelity …

    English dictionary for students

  • 19 fealty — fe|al|ty [ˈfi:əlti] n [U] old fashioned [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: fealté, from Latin fidelitas; FIDELITY] loyalty to a king, queen etc …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 fealty — fe|al|ty [ fiəlti ] noun uncount MAINLY LITERARY loyalty that someone promised to a king or queen in the past …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English