faithful

adjective
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

faithful

noun

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

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Other Words from faithful

Adjective

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

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Adjective

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 Reapportionment is the process of drawing electoral district boundaries with the purpose of establishing and maintaining voting districts that are faithful to the principle of one-person, one-vote and a reflection of demographic changes. courant.com, "Community News For The Windham Edition," 19 Feb. 2021 In the meantime, however, the center and store were of no use to the faithful as Hanukkah approached. oregonlive, "After summer fires at Chabad of Oregon, Hanukkah brings a moment of hope under a tent in SW Portland," 11 Dec. 2020 Greece is currently in a second lockdown as cases spiral, and churches have once again been shut down to the faithful, with services allowed only online. Star Tribune, "Virus deaths of senior Serb religious leaders triggers alarm," 23 Nov. 2020 Among QAnon faithful, who believe that Mr. Trump and others use public statements to send secret signals, Mr. Flynn’s speech is considered something of a foundational text. Matthew Rosenberg, New York Times, "Pushing QAnon and Stolen Election Lies, Flynn Re-emerges," 6 Feb. 2021 Connell was not alone among the faithful concerned by the church’s pursuit of taxpayer money. The Associated Press, NOLA.com, "Catholic dioceses, institutions received at least $3B in taxpayer aid during pandemic: analysis," 4 Feb. 2021 Connell was not alone among the faithful concerned by the church's pursuit of taxpayer money. Reese Dunklin And Michael Rezendes, Star Tribune, "Sitting on billions, Catholic dioceses amassed taxpayer aid," 4 Feb. 2021 The newcomer is an essentially faithful take on the popular crime drama from the 1980s with one big twist. San Antonio Express-News, "'The Equalizer' with Queen Latifah the latest TV series reboot on CBS' prime-time lineup," 3 Feb. 2021 Her airport call, soberly alerting Q believers to the next phase of the storm (as the Q faithful term the coming reckoning), no doubt struck many of her viewers as another telltale realization of a prophecy. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, "QAnon and the Cultification of the American Right," 1 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Chikeles asked the faithful in the pews of Calvary Chapel of St. Paul. Jean Hopfensperger, Star Tribune, "Capitol siege puts spotlight on Christian nationalists," 6 Feb. 2021 One of the most prominent investments made by the secretariat of state involved the purchase of a London property that was bought in part with money donated by the faithful. New York Times, "Pope Francis Strips Powerful Vatican Office of Its Financial Assets," 28 Dec. 2020 The Vikings have started training camp and once again are anticipated by the faithful to be playing in the Super Bowl, if there comes to be such an event in February 2021. Star Tribune, "Left outside bubble, Ryan Saunders and Wolves do what they can on their own," 14 Aug. 2020 Catholic faithful have an obligation to attend Sunday services, but church teaching allows for the commitment to be fulfilled by attending a service on the evening of the preceding day. Aamer Madhani, ajc, "Biden attends Mass at DC church where he worshipped as VP," 24 Jan. 2021 Gina Countryman, a Minnesota Republican strategist, said that Lindell was initially seen as a successful outsider businessman who party faithful hoped could replicate Trump's success in appealing to nontraditional voters. Stephen Montemayor, Star Tribune, "Minnesota's Mike Lindell among last remaining election fraud crusaders for Trump," 23 Jan. 2021 The meme had already reached a fever pitch, with the Photoshop faithful placing the Vermont senator in everything from Mortal Kombat to Nighthawks at the Diner. Brian Barrett, Wired, "He Made a Viral Bernie Meme Site. Now He Has to Keep It Going," 21 Jan. 2021 Amid the QAnon adherents, anti-Semites, neo-Confederates, and revolutionary cosplayers were the evangelical faithful: those who see themselves as the vanguard of God’s end times army. Matthew Avery Sutton, The New Republic, "The Capitol Riot Revealed the Darkest Nightmares of White Evangelical America," 14 Jan. 2021 In contrast, all the layers of federal policing were nonexistent when the president’s faithful gathered at the Capitol. Washington Post, "The freedom to assemble," 14 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of faithful

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

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

History and Etymology for faithful

Adjective

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

Noun

derivative of faithful entry 1

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The first known use of faithful was in the 14th century

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28 Feb 2021

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“Faithful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/faithful. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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faithful

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of faithful

: 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

adjective
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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