allegiance

Every second grader knows how to pledge allegiance to the flag, but do you think they realize when they place their right hand over their hearts that they're expressing loyalty to what we call the "Red, White, and Blue"?

You can pledge your allegiance to a flag or swear your allegiance to a government or cause. Either way you're expressing your commitment and devotion in the firmest sense of the word. The liege in allegiance comes from the Old French word meaning "lord and master," which is who you would have been swearing your allegiance to if you'd been a servant in France centuries ago

DEFINITIONS OF: allegiance

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n the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action

Synonyms:
commitment, dedication, loyalty
Types:
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communalism
loyalty and commitment to the interests of your own minority or ethnic group rather than to society as a whole
consecration
a solemn commitment of your life or your time to some cherished purpose (to a service or a goal)
devotion
commitment to some purpose
enlistment
the act of enlisting (as in a military service)
faith
loyalty or allegiance to a cause or a person
cultism
devotion to the doctrine or a cult or to the practices of a cult
hobbyism
a devotion to hobbies
reenlistment
a renewed enlistment
fetich, fetish
excessive or irrational devotion to some activity
party spirit
devotion to a political party
Type of:
cooperation
joint operation or action

n the loyalty that citizens owe to their country (or subjects to their sovereign)

Synonyms:
fealty
Type of:
loyalty, trueness
the quality of being loyal
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