loyalist Definition

a person who remains loyal to the established ruler or government, especially in the face of a revolt.

Using loyalist: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "loyalist" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The loyalists refused to join the rebellion and remained faithful to the king.

  • Example

    He was a loyalist to the company and always defended its policies.

  • Example

    The loyalists were persecuted after the revolution for their support of the monarchy.

loyalist Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for loyalist

Phrases with loyalist

  • American Loyalists

    colonists who supported the British monarchy during the American Revolution


    Many American Loyalists fled to Canada after the war.

  • a person, typically from Northern Ireland, who is loyal to the British Crown and opposes a united Ireland


    The Ulster loyalists have been involved in sectarian violence against Irish nationalists.

  • a person who supports the continuation of Scotland's status as part of the United Kingdom


    The Scottish loyalists campaigned against Scottish independence.


Summary: loyalist in Brief

A 'loyalist' [ˈlɔɪəlɪst] is someone who remains loyal to an established ruler or government, particularly in the face of a revolt. Examples include American Loyalists, who supported the British monarchy during the American Revolution, and Ulster loyalists, who oppose a united Ireland. Synonyms include 'supporter' and 'adherent,' while antonyms include 'rebel' and 'dissident.'