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

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faithfully \ ˈfāth-​fə-​lē How to pronounce faithfully (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


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.

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 The Universal CEO stressed that member states' national legislative implementations must be faithful to the directive and its objectives. Wolfgang Spahr, Billboard, "Universal Music Central Europe Chief Talks Copyright Directive With European Parliament President," 25 Oct. 2019 As others have observed, being utterly faithful to the bit would mean Spider-Man would have multiple eyes and his webs would come out of his butt. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Spider-Man Is Back ... But Why All Dressed in Black?," 3 July 2019 Therefore the faithful servants of the Lord Jesus Christ dare not cease to oppose and unmask it. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "Who Would Jesus Lock Up?," 15 June 2018 No team led by more than two points until Durham’s 3-pointer with 1:49 to play gave the Hoosiers a 63-60 lead and ignited the Assembly Hall faithful. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State rallies, but Xavier Tillman's late layup rims off in 67-63 loss at Indiana," 24 Jan. 2020 The presentation of the trophy was a delight to Chiefs faithful as well as the Hunt family, getting to raise the trophy for the first time. Jill Martin, CNN, "Norma Hunt is going to her 54th Super Bowl. This time, her team, the Kansas City Chiefs, will join her," 20 Jan. 2020 The ramen seems faithful to the original, at least on paper. Soleil Ho,, "Tsuta’s Michelin-starred ramen loses traction in San Francisco," 16 Jan. 2020 Clemson’s faithful have fed on the criticism, as many fan bases would. New York Times, "Dabo Swinney Has a Vision to Sell You," 10 Jan. 2020 The catastrophic, season-ending leg injury sustained by Hayward robbed Celtics faithful of a chance to see the Hayward who was developing into one of the game’s top small forwards., "Gordon Hayward doesn’t think about his leg anymore: ‘You guys can stop asking me the questions about that.’ - The Boston Globe," 6 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Such a move would likely affect the faithful of many religions — Muslims, Jews and Christians alike. Tim Fitzsimons, NBC News, "Beto is light on details," 16 Oct. 2019 Against West Ham on matchday five, McGinn's performance in a 0-0 draw alerted the Hammers faithful of his ability., "John McGinn: The Secret World Class Talent Destined for Big Things in the Premier League," 26 Sep. 2019 Colorful Democrats who hailed from there, like former Gov. Edwin Edwards and former Senator John Breaux, once enjoyed electoral success because of reliable party faithful in the region. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, "Why the Louisiana Governor’s Race Is So Close," 16 Nov. 2019 And Andrew Yang campaigned in L.A. with hip-hop and f-bombs, rallying the faithful in MacArthur Park, Tyrone Beason reported. David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, "Trump strategy switches from ‘no quid pro quo’ to quid pro no problem," 4 Oct. 2019 And as London’s menswear faithful can attest, Paris is extremely lucky to have him. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "Paris, Future: Craig Green on Making the Leap From London," 18 Jan. 2020 Among the football faithful, OSU fans outnumbered Wisconsin fans by a healthy margin. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Fall Out Boy fires up Ohio State, Wisconsin fans before Big Ten championship game," 7 Dec. 2019 Özil did not travel with his teammates to Old Trafford which understandably bamboozled many of the Arsenal faithful, and question marks loom over how long the pairs strenuous relationship can continue on for., "5 Reasons Why Unai Emery Is Definitely Not the Manager to Take Arsenal to the Top," 1 Oct. 2019 Les Miles had the Texas faithful on the edge of their seat. Mark Heim |, al, "Texas survives Les Miles, Kansas with last-second, game-winning field goal," 20 Oct. 2019

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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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20 Feb 2020

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“Faithful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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


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

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