faithless

adjective
faith·​less | \ ˈfāth-ləs How to pronounce faithless (audio) \

Definition of faithless

1 : not true to allegiance or duty : treacherous, disloyal a faithless servant
2 : not to be relied on : untrustworthy a faithless tool

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Other Words from faithless

faithlessly adverb
faithlessness noun

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faithless, false, disloyal, traitorous, treacherous, perfidious mean untrue to what should command one's fidelity or allegiance. faithless applies to any failure to keep a promise or pledge or any breach of allegiance or loyalty. faithless allies false stresses the fact of failing to be true in any manner ranging from fickleness to cold treachery. betrayed by false friends disloyal implies a lack of complete faithfulness to a friend, cause, leader, or country. disloyal to their country traitorous implies either actual treason or a serious betrayal of trust. traitorous acts punishable by death treacherous implies readiness to betray trust or confidence. a treacherous adviser perfidious adds to faithless the implication of an incapacity for fidelity or reliability. a perfidious double-crosser

Examples of faithless in a Sentence

faithless friends who deserted him in his time of need
Recent Examples on the Web Director Gavin O’Connor and screenwriter Brad Ingelsby choose to emphasize mundane, faithless immiseration. Armond White, National Review, "The Way Back Gets Lost in Nihilism," 6 Mar. 2020 Restricted access kept the faithful in and the faithless out. National Geographic, "This clifftop monastery is surprisingly accessible," 4 Feb. 2020 Washington accepted the votes of its faithless electors but fined them for violating a state law requiring them to conform to the popular vote. NBC News, "A 'faithless elector' betrayed his state's voters. You won't believe why.," 23 Jan. 2020 Medea became Anna, a biochemist with two children and a faithless husband who takes credit for her research. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Simon Stone Faced the Unthinkable. He Thinks You Should Too.," 1 Jan. 2020 In Colorado the state nullified the vote of its faithless elector while Washington fined their three rogue electors. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Courting More Clarity," 17 Jan. 2020 In all, there were 10 faithless electors in 2016, including a fourth in Washington, a Democratic elector in Hawaii and two Republican electors in Texas. Mark Sherman, BostonGlobe.com, "Justices to consider whether electors are bound to popular vote winner," 17 Jan. 2020 Meanwhile, Washington State’s top court ruled that its own faithless electors could be fined for not complying. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "Colorado’s “faithless electors” request to U.S. Supreme Court gets support," 21 Nov. 2019 Nora Eschenheimer delivers a fiery performance as Princess Imogen, done wrong by the dismal men in her life, from her autocratic father to her faithless husband to a treacherous would-be seducer to an aggressively persistent suitor. BostonGlobe.com, "The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world," 7 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of faithless

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for faithless

Middle English feithles, from feith faith entry 1 + -les -less

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“Faithless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/faithless. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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faithless

adjective
How to pronounce faithless (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of faithless

: not able to be trusted

faithless

adjective
faith·​less | \ ˈfāth-ləs How to pronounce faithless (audio) \

Kids Definition of faithless

: not worthy of trust : disloyal

Choose the Right Synonym for faithless

faithless, disloyal, and traitorous mean not being true to something that has a right to a person's loyalty. faithless is used when a person breaks a promise or pledge to remain loyal to someone or something. Our faithless friends left us at the first sign of trouble. disloyal is used when a person is unfaithful to someone or something that has the right to expect loyalty. The disloyal citizens will be punished. traitorous is used for actual treason or a betrayal of trust. The traitorous soldier was giving secrets to the enemy.

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