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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fealty  \Fe"al*ty\,  n.  [OE.  faute,  OF  faut['e],  fealt['e], 
  feel['e],  feelteit  fr  L.  fidelitas  fr  fidelis  faithful. 
  See  {Feal},  and  cf  Fidelity.] 
  1.  Fidelity  to  one's  lord;  the  feudal  obligation  by  which  the 
  tenant  or  vassal  was  bound  to  be  faithful  to  his  lord;  the 
  special  oath  by  which  this  obligation  was  assumed; 
  fidelity  to  a  superior  power,  or  to  a  government; 
  loyality.  It  is  no  longer  the  practice  to  exact  the 
  performance  of  fealty,  as  a  feudal  obligation.  --Wharton 
  (Law  Dict.  ).  Tomlins 
 
  2.  Fidelity;  constancy;  faithfulness,  as  of  a  friend  to  a 
  friend,  or  of  a  wife  to  her  husband. 
 
  He  should  maintain  fealty  to  God.  --I.  Taylor. 
 
  Makes  wicked  lightnings  of  her  eyes,  and  saps  The 
  fealty  of  our  friends.  --tennyson. 
 
  Swore  fealty  to  the  new  government.  --Macaulay. 
 
  Note:  Fealty  is  distinguished  from  homage,  which  is  an 
  acknowledgment  of  tenure,  while  fealty  implies  an  oath. 
  See  {Homage}.  --Wharton. 
 
  Syn:  Homage;  loyality;  fidelity;  constancy. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  fealty 
  n  :  the  loyalty  that  citizens  owe  to  their  country  (or  subjects 
  to  their  sovereign)  [syn:  {allegiance}] 




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