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allegiance

noun [C or U] uk   /əˈliː.dʒəns/ formal us  
loyalty and support for a ruler, country, group, or belief: Soldiers have to swear allegiance to the Crown/the King. In many American schools, the students pledge allegiance (to the flag) at the beginning of the school day. As an Englishman who'd lived for a long time in France, he felt a certain conflict of allegiances when the two countries played soccer.
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