Definition of fealty in English:

fealty

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Pronunciation: /ˈfiːəlti
 
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noun

[mass noun] historical
  • 1A feudal tenant’s or vassal’s sworn loyalty to a lord: they owed fealty to the Earl rather than the King
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    • The Anglo-Saxons used oaths not only to swear fealty to feudal lords, but also to ensure honesty during legal proceedings and transactions.
    • By that I mean a vassal/lord relationship in which the former swears fealty to the latter in return for control of the lands which he owns.
    • No, what's important is your unswerving fealty to the Lord.
  • 1.1Formal acknowledgement of loyalty to a lord: a property for which she did fealty
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    • In 920 Edmund had accepted Raegnald's fealty and thus acknowledged his status.
    • Llwelyn was forced into a humiliating surrender that included relinquishing control over the eastern part of his territory and an acknowledgment of fealty paid to Edward I annually.
    • Homage and fealty performed by the great men after the coronation were arguably of greater practical importance than the ceremony itself.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French feau(l)te, fealte, from Latin fidelitas (see fidelity).

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