Definition of loyalist in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlɔɪəlɪst/


1A person who remains loyal to the established ruler or government, especially in the face of a revolt: Tory loyalists
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  • But he blamed such strikes on terrorists and loyalists from the defunct regime.
  • The only delegates from the Russian side were Kremlin loyalists.
  • Criminals, saboteurs, and diehard regime loyalists must be detained and tried in a fair manner.
1.1 (Loyalist) A supporter of union between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
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  • Top politicians and the press try to claim that Loyalists and Republicans are equally to blame for the violence in Northern Ireland.
  • The Loyalist exodus from Northern Ireland had arrived.
  • He revealed that more than half of those arrested during the rioting - both Loyalists and nationalists - were juveniles.
1.2 (Loyalist) A colonist of the American revolutionary period who supported the British cause.
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  • In addition to the Loyalists fleeing the American Revolution, Canada became a sought-after destination for American farmers in search of cheaper land.
  • After the American Revolution, many British Loyalists settled in Canada.
  • The Auberge takes its name from the historic village of North Hatley, which was initially settled by British Loyalists after the American Declaration of Independence in 1776.



Example sentences
  • He became MP in 1970 and formed the Democratic Unionist Party in 1971, trumping competition from the Vanguard Unionist Progressive Party to represent working-class loyalism.
  • In recent years there has been much emphasis on the ways that it reinforced a variety of identities: church and king loyalism, patriotic Britishness, male authoritarianism.
  • Read on, for a compilation of rambling late night thoughts, mainly about unionism and loyalism but with a fair bit on republicanism.

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