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LOYALTY. That which adheres to the law, that which sustains an existing government. See Penal Laws of China, 3.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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They demanded a place for the state ideology above those quotidian and organic loyalties to family and friends and their country's traditional institutions, which had to be abolished before they could come to power.
A fish out of water, Lila, is not unlike Lily in Rosanne's run--down shack in Loyalties, politely attempting to conceal her horror at her daughter's warehouse living quarters.
Jackie suffers from the same malaise as Lila in Better than Chocolate, Lily in Loyalties, June in Marine Life and Daisy in Bye, Bye Blues -- rage, loneliness and self-deception.
Multiple personal loyalties at the workplace operate in configurations similar to those of a social physics.
Maintaining loyalties at the workplace can be either a gratifying or an exhausting endeavor.
Fletcher makes the claim [154] that in situations of conflicts of loyalties, where the conflict is between loyalty to something concrete, such as a member of one's family, or to a lover or a friend, and to something that appears more abstract, such as one's country or one's God, most people most of the time will choose the more concrete.
Loyalties arise, Fletcher argues, "not just from the fact of entry but from the crystallization of the self in the second stage of membership" [34], that is to say, the stage of identification.
While this kind of requirement is expressed by the slogan "my country, right or wrong," it is not typical of loyalties generally, and in my view, we should reject this unconditional support as a negative and undesirable form of patriotism.
Along with a number of recent writers, Fletcher is troubled by the apparent incompatibility between personal loyalties and the impersonal demands of universal morality.
He is surely right when he claims that "...letting loyalties intrude into the proper realm of justice brings about its own form of corruption" [163].
One can encourage loyalties selectively, and we should probably do better to think of loyalties than of loyalty.
The ambivalence that attaches to professional loyalties is no less applicable to other loyalites--to friends, family, tribe, and nation.