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

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.

Examples of faithless in a Sentence

faithless friends who deserted him in his time of need

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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., "The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world," 7 Aug. 2019 Legal scholars said Tuesday's ruling was the first from a federal appeals court on the issue of faithless electors. Pete Williams, NBC News, "Faithless elector: A court ruling just changed how we pick our president," 21 Aug. 2019 For millennial audiences who’ve grown up with Woody and the gang over years of toy stories, the movie may even seem a minor miracle — proof that faith can be kept in a faithless world. Ty Burr,, "‘Toy Story 4’ is a joy to watch," 19 June 2019 The Libertarian Party has only received one electoral vote for president, from a faithless elector in 1972. Elliot Kaufman, WSJ, "Even the Libertarians Get Luckey Sometimes," 12 Nov. 2018 In 1950, young Congressman Jack is a faithless and forgetful lover, but Alicia Darr, a Polish immigrant working as popcorn girl at a Hyannis Port movie theater, is smitten. Patty Rhule, USA TODAY, "Young Jack Kennedy's real-life summertime fling inspires cynical novel," 28 May 2018 What’s the rule that one will walk, The other jailed for faithless talk? James Freeman, WSJ, "People Will Die!," 6 Dec. 2017 Diana was five feet ten inches tall, the same height as her faithless husband. Josephine Livingstone, New Republic, "The Sky-High Ambition of Manolo Blahnik," 25 Sep. 2017 The novel tells the story of a holy warrior and a faithless doctor who try and prevent a powerful demon from establishing hell on earth. Graham Ambrose, The Know, "Wesley Snipes is coming to Denver to promote his book and screen “Blade II”," 14 June 2017

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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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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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