faith·​less ˈfāth-ləs How to pronounce faithless (audio)
: not true to allegiance or duty : treacherous, disloyal
a faithless servant
: not to be relied on : untrustworthy
a faithless tool
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 Nellore admits to being of faithless background yet criticizes people of faith. Reader Commentary, Baltimore Sun, 8 Mar. 2024 Image In the Patricia Highsmith novel and the subsequent Hitchcock movie that introduced this intriguing plot to the public, the would-be victims are mere annoyances — a critical father, a faithless wife. Sarah Lyall, New York Times, 11 Apr. 2024 In Her Car follows Lydia, a psychologist with anxiety issues on her way to Kharkiv to divorce her faithless husband who spots a young woman at a bus station and decides to give a young woman a lift. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Feb. 2024 She then can be redeemed only by killing the faithless Prince. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 8 Aug. 2023 The company is suing the faithless investors and is being sued itself by other investors who claim they were misled. WIRED, 28 Feb. 2023 And only around 160 faithless ballots have been cast in U.S. history. Fortune, 30 Nov. 2020 Through it all, forgiveness is given by the Countess Almaviva to her faithless husband in a seemingly impossible number of ways, making this the ultimate woman’s revenge in opera. Los Angeles Times, 16 Aug. 2021 The Exorcist — The gold standard of horror distills the battle between good and evil down to its bare essence, a child possessed and faithless priest, maybe right next door. Mark Hughes, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of faithless was in the 14th century

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“Faithless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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faith·​less ˈfāth-ləs How to pronounce faithless (audio)
: not true to allegiance or duty : disloyal
: not worthy of being trusted or relied upon
faithlessly adverb
faithlessness noun

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