adjective faith·less \ˈfāth-ləs\

: not able to be trusted

Full Definition of FAITHLESS

:  not true to allegiance or duty :  treacherous, disloyal <a faithless servant>
:  not to be relied on :  untrustworthy <a faithless tool>
faith·less·ly adverb
faith·less·ness noun

Examples of FAITHLESS

  1. <faithless friends who deserted him in his time of need>

First Known Use of FAITHLESS

14th century

Synonym Discussion of FAITHLESS

faithless, false, disloyal, traitorous, treacherous, perfidious mean untrue to what should command one's fidelity or allegiance. faithless applies to any failure to keep a promise or pledge or any breach of allegiance or loyalty <faithless allies>. false stresses the fact of failing to be true in any manner ranging from fickleness to cold treachery <betrayed by false friends>. disloyal implies a lack of complete faithfulness to a friend, cause, leader, or country <disloyal to their country>. traitorous implies either actual treason or a serious betrayal of trust <traitorous acts punishable by death>. treacherous implies readiness to betray trust or confidence <a treacherous adviser>. perfidious adds to faithless the implication of an incapacity for fidelity or reliability <a perfidious double-crosser>.

Rhymes with FAITHLESS

FAITHLESSNESS Defined for Kids


adjective faith·less \ˈfāth-ləs\

Definition of FAITHLESS for Kids

:  not worthy of trust :  disloyal

Synonym Discussion of FAITHLESS

faithless, disloyal, and traitorous mean not being true to something that has a right to a person's loyalty. faithless is used when a person breaks a promise or pledge to remain loyal to someone or something. <Our faithless friends left us at the first sign of trouble.> disloyal is used when a person is unfaithful to someone or something that has the right to expect loyalty. <The disloyal citizens will be punished.> traitorous is used for actual treason or a betrayal of trust. <The traitorous soldier was giving secrets to the enemy.>


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