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 for Fealty
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  fealty \fe"al*ty\ (f[=e]"al*t[y^]), n. [OE. feaute, OF.
     feaut['e], fealt['e], feelt['e], feelteit, fr. L. fidelitas,
     fr. fidelis faithful. See Feal, and cf. Fidelity.]
     1. Fidelity to one's lord; the feudal obligation by which the
        tenant or vassal was bound to be faithful to his lord; the
        special oath by which this obligation was assumed;
        fidelity to a superior power, or to a government;
        loyality. It is no longer the practice to exact the
        performance of fealty, as a feudal obligation. --Wharton
        (Law Dict.). --Tomlins.
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     2. Fidelity; constancy; faithfulness, as of a friend to a
        friend, or of a wife to her husband.
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              He should maintain fealty to God.     --I. Taylor.
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              Makes wicked lightnings of her eyes, and saps
              The fealty of our friends.            --tennyson.
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              Swore fealty to the new government.   --Macaulay.
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     Note: Fealty is distinguished from homage, which is an
           acknowledgment of tenure, while fealty implies an oath.
           See Homage. --Wharton.
  
     Syn: Homage; loyality; fidelity; constancy.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  fealty
      n 1: the loyalty that citizens owe to their country (or subjects
           to their sovereign) [syn: allegiance, fealty]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  69 Moby Thesaurus words for "fealty":
     acquiescence, adherence, adhesion, allegiance, ardor,
     assigned task, attachment, bona fides, bond, bonne foi,
     bounden duty, burden, business, call of duty, charge, commitment,
     compliance, conformity, constancy, dedication, deference,
     dependability, devoir, devotedness, devotion, duteousness,
     duties and responsibilities, dutifulness, duty, ethics, faith,
     faithfulness, fidelity, firmness, good faith, homage, imperative,
     line of duty, loyalty, mission, must, obedience, obediency,
     obligation, observance, onus, ought, piety, place, reliability,
     respect, self-imposed duty, service, servility, servitium,
     staunchness, steadfastness, submission, submissiveness,
     suit and service, suit service, support, tie, troth, true blue,
     trueness, trustworthiness, truth, willingness
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  FEALTY. Fidelity, allegiance.
       2. Under the feudal system, every owner of lands held them of some 
  superior lord, from whom or from whose ancestors, the tenant had received 
  them. By this connexion the lord became bound to protect the tenant in the 
  enjoyment of the land granted to him; and, on the other hand, the tenant was 
  bound to be faithful to his lord,, and defend him against all his enemies. 
  This obligation was called fidelitas, or fealty. 1 Bl. Com. 366; 2 Bl. Com. 
  86; Co. Litt. 67, b; 2 Bouv. Inst. n. 1566. 
  
  

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