from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who maintains loyalty to an established government, political party, or sovereign, especially during war or revolutionary change.
- n. See Tory.
- n. One who supported the established government of Spain during the Spanish Civil War.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person who is loyal to a cause, generally used as a political affiliation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A person who adheres to his sovereign or to the lawful authority; especially, one who maintains his allegiance to his prince or government, and defends his cause in times of revolt or revolution.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A partizan supporter of an existing government; one who opposes insurrection or revolution.
- n. Specifically, in the American Revolution, a Tory.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person who is loyal to their allegiance (especially in times of revolt)
Sorry, no etymologies found.
I think the term loyalist and unionist are getting mixed up in this thread,
Membership of the main loyalist group, the UDA, was not at that stage illegal.
Kremlin loyalist Sergei Sobyanin has been named to succeed Mr. Luzhkov, and the interim mayor has suspended construction of a museum in front of the Kremlin, a Luzhkov-backed project that enraged preservationists.
“She orders me around, too,” Alison Cook, a staunch loyalist from the beginning, admitted.
The idea that a long-term loyalist like Libby would suddenly flip and cause deeper problems for Cheney or Bush just to avoid a one or two year sentence in a low-security prison is laughable.
"If they gut this team like they did that team, we'll never come back again," vowed Marlin loyalist Larry Johnson, a native Australian who lives in Homestead, Fla.
Mussa Ibrahim, the government spokesman, confirmed that a long-term loyalist and former interior minister, Nasser al-Mabrouk Abdullah, who arrived in Egypt with his family on Monday, had defected.
The opposition accused the prime minister of making his long-term loyalist, Aldo Brancher, minister for federalism with the sole aim of saving him from criminal proceedings.
Professional Caracas 'por puesto' (mini-bus) driver, Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro -- whose wife, National Assembly (AN) speaker, Cilia Flores, already stands accused of having replaced more than forty staffers with members of her extended family -- performed his usual hot-head trait of shooting first, asking questions later, and dismissed long-term loyalist and professional diplomat Antonio Padrino from the Consulate General job he had so diligently performed for several years, blaming Padrino for the incredible mess created by his own underlings at the Venezuelan embassy in Washington and back home at the Casa Amarilla.
"Unusually for a paramilitary," Sandbrook writes of the UDA's Sean Duddy, "he maintained a double life as a drag artist named Samantha, performing in loyalist clubs in fishnet tights, a black wig, heavy mascara and scarlet lipstick.