Fealty vs. Fidelity

By Jaxson

  • Fealty

    An oath of fealty, from the Latin fidelitas (faithfulness), is a pledge of allegiance of one person to another.

  • Fidelity

    Fidelity is the quality of faithfulness or loyalty. Its original meaning regarded duty in a broader sense than the related concept of fealty. Both derive from the Latin word fid─ôlis, meaning “faithful or loyal”. In the City of London financial markets it has traditionally been used in the sense encompassed in the motto “My word is my bond”.

  • Fealty (noun)

    Fidelity to one’s lord or master; the feudal obligation by which the tenant or vassal was bound to be faithful to his lord


  • Fealty (noun)

    The oath by which this obligation was assumed.

  • Fidelity (noun)

    Faithfulness to one’s duties.

    “the fidelity of the civil servants”

  • Fidelity (noun)

    Loyalty to one’s spouse or partner, including abstention from extramarital affairs.

  • Fidelity (noun)

    Accuracy, or exact correspondence to some given quality or fact.

  • Fidelity (noun)

    The degree to which a system accurately reproduces an input.

  • Fealty (noun)

    a feudal tenant’s or vassal’s sworn loyalty to a lord

    “they owed fealty to the Earl rather than the King”

  • Fealty (noun)

    formal acknowledgement of loyalty to a lord

    “a property for which she did fealty”

Oxford Dictionary

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