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 The objection to the faithless elector was rejected by both chambers. Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY, "What to expect when Congress meets to count Electoral College votes and Republicans object," 6 Jan. 2021 FairVote found that since the founding of the Electoral College, there have been 167 faithless electors. Caroline Linton, CBS News, "All 538 electors have voted, formalizing Biden's 306-232 win. Here's how the electoral vote works.," 15 Dec. 2020 In the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump had two faithless electors both in the state of Texas: one vote went for Ron Paul and one went for John Kasich. Siraj Hashmi, Washington Examiner, "2020 Countdown: Aftermath - The Electoral College," 14 Dec. 2020 The seven faithless electors in 2016 made up the largest number of electors voting contrary to their party’s winner in over a century. Elizabeth Thompson, Dallas News, "Could ‘faithless electors’ change the outcome of the presidential election? Experts say no," 3 Dec. 2020 However, most states have laws which nullify the votes of faithless electors, and there are not expected to be enough to alter the outcome of the election. Grace Segers, CBS News, "States face "safe harbor" deadline to certify results, sealing Biden's win," 8 Dec. 2020 Some Trump supporters are holding out hope that these faithless electors will swing the vote in the Electoral College to the president over Biden. Elizabeth Thompson, Dallas News, "Could ‘faithless electors’ change the outcome of the presidential election? Experts say no," 3 Dec. 2020 Roosevelt eschewed the possibility of faithless electors interfering with the popular vote this year. Chelsey Cox, USA TODAY, "Fact check: State legislators pick electors; Supreme Court ruled against 'faithless electors'," 10 Nov. 2020 These electors who break that pledge are called faithless electors. Fortune, "Faithless electors could decide the tight 2020 election," 4 Nov. 2020

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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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26 Mar 2021

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“Faithless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of faithless

: not able to be trusted


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

Kids Definition of faithless

: not worthy of trust : disloyal

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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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