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


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

Lincoln is one of Eastford's faithful, serving in the Eastford Independent Fire Co. for 30 years and always helping with children's activities and major events and fundraisers., "Community News For The Stafford Edition," 30 Aug. 2019 In 1992, President George H.W. Bush rallied the faithful at the Waukesha County Expo Center, urging them to re-elect him. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Labor Day in Milwaukee: Parades, presidents and the highway patrol," 29 Aug. 2019 For the faithful, the rallies are fun spectacles, like rock concerts or ball games. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "No One Really Wants to ‘Send Her Back’," 20 July 2019 But only one of the two is showing up this weekend to address the faithful: Warren is speaking at a candidate forum Saturday. NBC News, "Sanders consolidated the left in 2016. Now he risks losing the leader spot to Warren.," 13 July 2019 With a month to go before the June primary, the California Republican Party gathers in San Diego today for its 2018 convention, to rally the faithful and endorse candidates. Alexei Koseff, sacbee, "Five things to watch at the California Republican Party convention this weekend | The Sacramento Bee," 4 May 2018 He is supposed to be a teacher and a shepherd to the faithful. Declan Leary, National Review, "What America Magazine Gets Wrong about the Mass," 24 July 2019 Alongside Protestants, Catholics, and Jews, Eisenhower hoped Muslims at home and abroad would join in a coalition of the faithful to fight the Red Menace and transform the globe. Darren Dochuk, The New Republic, "Men of God and the Genesis of the U.S.-Saudi Relationship," 17 July 2019 With the remodeling project close to wrapping up, Goddard partner Jim Wilson said the ground floor of the tower is now more faithful to the original vision by architects Harry Weese and Harry Cobb with I.M. Pei and Associates. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Downtown Dallas' landmark Fountain Place tower sports a new look inside," 12 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Any day now, God would kill all non-believers, and the faithful would live in paradise on Earth. Amber Scorah,, "Losing my religion," 8 Aug. 2019 That was more than 3½ months ago, and considerable hand-wringing followed among the Fighting Irish faithful. Mike Berardino, Indianapolis Star, "Project Phil: Rebuilding Jurkovec's shaken confidence is among Notre Dame's August goals," 2 Aug. 2019 The Tory faithful were undeterred by Mr Johnson’s reputation for chaos and chicanery. The Economist, "Boris Johnson’s approval ratings are surprisingly high," 23 July 2019 Vulnerable Republicans, meanwhile, are walking a fine line between needing to show support for the president to satisfy the party faithful in their districts and opposing the president in certain cases to win independent voters. Natalie Andrews, WSJ, "Lawmakers’ Summer Break Is Colored by Trump Effect," 27 July 2018 The result is that the party faithful will occasionally be exposed to some very good libertarian ideas—such as criticisms of bombing and spying on people—that both Ron and Rand Paul have espoused in their respective runs for the presidency. Lucy Steigerwald, The New Republic, "Justin Amash and the Libertarian Future," 29 July 2019 But there will be plenty of opportunities to join the exuberant soccer faithful at watch parties across the Bay Area, from sports pubs to big-screen extravaganzas. Erin Woo, The Mercury News, "Where to watch the Women’s World Cup finals in the Bay Area this Sunday," 5 July 2019 Shkodran Mustafi started in defence, seemingly an unpopular choice with the Arsenal faithful., "Arsenal Fans Lambast One Player in Particular on Social Media After Brighton Defeat," 5 Mar. 2018 Game publishers produced periodic installments, like Hollywood sequels, to lure back the faithful. Sarah E. Needleman, WSJ, "The Man Behind ‘Fortnite’," 15 June 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


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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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