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faithful

adjective faith·ful \ ˈfāth-fəl \

Definition of faithful

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

faithfully

play \ˈfāth-fə-lē\ adverb

faithfulness

noun

Examples of faithful in a Sentence

  1. She has provided the company with many years of faithful service.

  2. He insists that he has always been faithful to his wife.

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Origin and Etymology of faithful

see 1faith

Synonym Discussion of faithful

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

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faithful

noun

Definition of faithful

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

Recent Examples of faithful from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of faithful

see 1faith



FAITHFUL Defined for English Language Learners

faithful

adjective

Definition of faithful for English Language Learners

  • : having or showing true and constant support or loyalty

  • : deserving trust : keeping your promises or doing what you are supposed to do

  • : not having sex with someone who is not your wife, husband, girlfriend, or boyfriend


FAITHFUL Defined for Kids

faithful

adjective faith·ful \ ˈfāth-fəl \

Definition of faithful for Students

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.

faithfully

\-fə-lē\ adverb

faithfulness

noun

Synonym Discussion of 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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