Share this entry
disloyal Line breaks: dis|loyal
Pronunciation: /dɪsˈlɔɪ(ə)l/

Definition of disloyal in English:


1Failing to be loyal to a person, country, or organization to which one has obligations: she was accused of being disloyal to the government
More example sentences
  • 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.
1.1(Of a remark or thought) demonstrating a lack of loyalty: disloyal mutterings about his leadership
More example sentences
  • 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: /dɪsˈlɔɪəli/
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'.

Definition of disloyal in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Related Words