faith·​ful | \ ˈfāth-fəl How to pronounce faithful (audio) \

Definition of faithful

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : steadfast in affection or allegiance : loyal a faithful friend
2 : firm in adherence to promises or in observance of duty : conscientious a faithful employee
3 : given with strong assurance : binding a faithful promise
4 : true to the facts, to a standard, or to an original a faithful copy
5 obsolete : full of faith



Definition of faithful (Entry 2 of 2)

1 plural in construction
a : church members in full communion and good standing used with the
b : the body of believers in Islam used with the
2 plural faithful or faithfuls : one who is faithful especially : a loyal follower, member, or fan party faithfuls

Other Words from faithful


faithfully \ ˈfāth-​fə-​lē How to pronounce faithful (audio) \ adverb
faithfulness noun

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faithful, loyal, constant, staunch, steadfast, resolute mean firm in adherence to whatever one owes allegiance. faithful implies unswerving adherence to a person or thing or to the oath or promise by which a tie was contracted. faithful to her promise loyal implies a firm resistance to any temptation to desert or betray. remained loyal to the czar constant stresses continuing firmness of emotional attachment without necessarily implying strict obedience to promises or vows. constant friends staunch suggests fortitude and resolution in adherence and imperviousness to influences that would weaken it. a staunch defender of free speech steadfast implies a steady and unwavering course in love, allegiance, or conviction. steadfast in their support resolute implies firm determination to adhere to a cause or purpose. a resolute ally

Examples of faithful in a Sentence

Adjective She has provided the company with many years of faithful service. He insists that he has always been faithful to his wife.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Her vision of our world is not as nihilist as Vetements or as dystopian as Balenciaga, but has a softness, a kind of faithful and fearless spark, that elevates it into something . Rachel Tashjian, Harper's BAZAAR, 6 Mar. 2022 Amy Coney Barrett is strong enough to withstand the swamp, faithful enough to place vocation above careerist aspirations, and courageous enough to offer the world a different — truer — kind of feminine genius. Maggie Garnett, National Review, 15 Feb. 2022 Kwasi was well rewarded for these extraordinary services to the colony, first receiving a golden breastplate engraved with ‘Quassie, faithful to the whites’ as early as 1730. Uwagbale Edward-ekpu, Quartz, 25 Jan. 2022 The Red Sox faithful and the team officially got their ace back., 14 Aug. 2021 The Blind Boys have been faithful to their gospel roots over the years, although original members such as Clarence Fountain and George Scott have died. Mary Colurso |, al, 3 Apr. 2022 The new model is faithful to the original blueprint, which was one of the most influential British speakers of all time. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 David’s line was required to be faithful to the covenant. The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 Feb. 2022 On those terms, del Toro's Nightmare is both faithful to the spirit of the earlier film and enamored of its own 21st-century muchness. Jesse Hassenger, The Week, 16 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But Benedict's lack of a personal apology or any admission of guilt was likely to rile survivors and further complicate efforts by German bishops re-establish credibility with the faithful. Nicole Winfield, ajc, 8 Feb. 2022 Here are a few places to gather with the Utah faithful. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Dec. 2021 Wearing crisp, olive-green robes and a towering, white head covering embroidered with the somber face of Jesus, Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, addressed the faithful from an ornate 10,000-seat cathedral in Moscow. Deborah Netburnstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2022 Maybe a reality check is too much to ask for at a political convention, which are typically little more than partisan pep rallies designed to fire up the faithful to go back to their communities and do the same. Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Mar. 2022 Francis has called for dialogue to end the conflict and has urged the faithful to set next Wednesday as a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Ukraine. Luciana Lopez, USA TODAY, 25 Feb. 2022 With more modern styling inside and out as well as the familiar fantastic-to-drive behavior, the reborn Golf GTI attracts new enthusiasts, continues to reward the faithful, and again makes our 10Best and Editors' Choice lists. Car and Driver, 4 Feb. 2022 The stadium, which seats 22,000, was less than half full and Francis eschewed his usual popemobile roundabout to greet the faithful before the Mass, presumably because the crowd only filled one set of stands. Fox News, 4 Dec. 2021 The July court ruling has divided the faithful in Colombia., 11 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of faithful


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for faithful


Middle English feithful, from feith faith entry 1 + -ful -ful entry 1


derivative of faithful entry 1

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“Faithful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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faith·​ful | \ ˈfāth-fəl How to pronounce faithful (audio) \

Kids Definition of faithful

1 : firm in devotion or support a faithful friend
2 : reliable a faithful worker
3 : true to the facts : accurate The model was a faithful copy of my grandfather's car.

Other Words from faithful

faithfully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb
faithfulness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for faithful

faithful, loyal, and true mean firm in devotion to something. faithful is used of someone who has a firm and constant devotion to something to which he or she is united by or as if by a promise or pledge. Always be faithful to your duty. loyal is used of someone who firmly refuses to desert or betray someone or something. Most volunteers are loyal to their country. true is used of a person who is personally devoted to someone or something. She was a true friend who would help in time of need.

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