Definition of disloyal in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌdisˈloi(ə)l/


1Failing to be loyal to a person, country, or body to which one has obligations: she felt that inquiring into her father’s past would be disloyal to her mother
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  • These boundaries determine who is in and out, pure and impure, and loyal and disloyal to the group ethos.
  • And it is not unpatriotic and not disloyal to dissent with the views of the President, or anyone else for that matter.
  • One may just be accused of being negative or even of being unpatriotic and disloyal to one's country.
treacherous, traitorous, subversive, seditious, unpatriotic, two-faced, double-dealing, double-crossing, deceitful;
dissident, renegade;
informal backstabbing, two-timing
literary perfidious
1.1(Of an action, speech, or thought) demonstrating a lack of loyalty: disloyal mutterings about his leadership
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  • But sometimes when political capital is low, really, really low, when your own worshipers begin thinking disloyal thoughts, you have to pull out all the stops.
  • I immediately rebuked myself for the disloyal thought.
  • Clark tried not to entertain the disloyal thought that that might not be such a bad thing after all.



Pronunciation: /disˈloiəlē/
Example sentences
  • ‘I found it boring myself,’ he says, disloyally.
  • It was said there that a key factor in determining whether there was a breach of a fiduciary duty is a finding that the fiduciary acted disloyally in placing its interests ahead of the beneficiary's.
  • She was also accused of philistinism, particularly because of a remark she made at a private dinner party, disloyally leaked by a fellow guest.


Late 15th century: from Old French desloial, from des- (expressing negation) + loial 'loyal'.

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Syllabification: dis·loy·al

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