allegiance /əˈliːdʒ(ə)ns/


I. noun [ mass noun]

1. loyalty or commitment to a superior or to a group or cause

those wishing to receive citizenship must swear allegiance to the republic
[ count noun]
a complex pattern of cross-party allegiances.
– origin late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French, variant of Old French ligeance, from lige, liege (see liege), perhaps by association with Anglo-Latin alligantia ‘alliance’.

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