fealty

fe"al*ty

(f"l*t), n. [OE. feaute, OF. feaut, fealt, feelt, 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 bound to be faithful to his lord; the special oath by which this obligation was assumed; fidelity to a superior power, or to a government; loyality. It is no longer the practice to exact the performance of fealty, as a feudal obligation. Wharton (Law Dict.). Tomlins.
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2. Fidelity; constancy; faithfulness, as of a friend to a friend, or of a wife to her husband.
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He should maintain fealty to God.
I. Taylor.
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Makes wicked lightnings of her eyes, and saps
The fealty of our friends.
tennyson.
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Swore fealty to the new government.
Macaulay.
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Fealty is distinguished from homage, which is an acknowledgment of tenure, while fealty implies an oath. See Homage. Wharton.

Syn. -- Homage; loyality; fidelity; constancy.
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