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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fee-uh l-tee]
    • /ˈfi əl ti/
    • /ˈfiːl.ti/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fee-uh l-tee]
    • /ˈfi əl ti/

Definitions of fealty word

  • noun plural fealty History/Historical. fidelity to a lord. the obligation or the engagement to be faithful to a lord, usually sworn to by a vassal. 1
  • noun plural fealty fidelity; faithfulness. 1
  • noun fealty A feudal tenant‘s or vassal’s sworn loyalty to a lord. 1
  • uncountable noun fealty In former times, if someone swore fealty to their ruler, they promised to be loyal to him or her. 0
  • noun fealty (in feudal society) the loyalty sworn to one's lord on becoming his vassal 0
  • noun fealty the duty and loyalty owed by a vassal or tenant to his feudal lord 0

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Origin of fealty

First appearance:

before 1275
One of the 13% oldest English words
1275-1325; Middle English feute, feaute, fealtye < Anglo-French, Old French feauté, fealté < Latin fidēlitāt- (stem of fidēlitās) fidelity; internal -au-, -al- from feal, reshaping (by substitution of -al- -al1) of fe(d)eil < Latin fidēlis

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Parts of speech for Fealty


fealty popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 74% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for fealty

noun fealty

  • faithfulness — strict or thorough in the performance of duty: a faithful worker.
  • loyalty — the state or quality of being loyal; faithfulness to commitments or obligations.
  • duty — something that one is expected or required to do by moral or legal obligation.
  • constancy — Constancy is the quality of staying the same even though other things change.
  • fidelity — strict observance of promises, duties, etc.: a servant's fidelity.

Antonyms for fealty

noun fealty

  • disloyalty — the quality of being disloyal; lack of loyalty; unfaithfulness.
  • treachery — violation of faith; betrayal of trust; treason.
  • unsteadiness — not steady or firm; unstable; shaky: an unsteady hand.
  • inconstancy — not constant; changeable; fickle; variable: an inconstant friend.
  • faithlessness — The quality of being faithless.

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