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I'm looking for a single word that behaves almost like an antonym for "follower" or "constituent", but that doesn't carry the "official-ness" of "leader."

He felt betrayed by his [person to whom he pledged loyalty]

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He felt betrayed by his liege. This is a somewhat medieval in tone. However, in modern times it would be unusual to pledge loyalty to anyone less than a sovereign in a Constitutional Monarchy.

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  • Sadly though, and very important to note, both sides use the noun liege -- ibid.
    – Kris
    Oct 16, 2018 at 10:06

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