un·​faith·​ful | \ ˌən-ˈfāth-fəl \

Definition of unfaithful

: not faithful:
a : not adhering to vows, allegiance, or duty : disloyal an unfaithful friend
b : not faithful to marriage vows suspected her husband of being unfaithful
c : inaccurate, untrustworthy an unfaithful copy of a document

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Other Words from unfaithful

unfaithfully \ ˌən-​ˈfāth-​fə-​lē \ adverb
unfaithfulness noun

Examples of unfaithful in a Sentence

colonists who later proved to be unfaithful to the cause of independence

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In the film, Taraji P. Henson plays Melinda, a faithful wife who finally has enough and takes revenge on her unfaithful husband, Robert, played by Lyriq Bent. Mary Cadden, USA TODAY, "Week in entertainment: "Sicario: Day of the Soldado" opens; "GLOW" returns," 23 June 2018 After months of headlines about Daniels, McDougal, and the payoffs intended to keep them quiet, Melania is finally speaking publicly about allegations that her husband has been unfaithful. Anna North, Vox, "Why Melania’s response to Trump’s alleged affairs was so weird," 12 Oct. 2018 In the months since those photos and videos allegedly showing Thompson being unfaithful to Khloé first cropped up, the family has mostly continued to maintain their silence. Andrea Park, Glamour, "Watch the Kardashians React to Tristan Thompson's Alleged Cheating Scandal in New KUWTK Teaser," 27 Sep. 2018 Pascal Greggory and John Malkovich also have juicy roles, as Gilberte’s unfaithful husband and the cheerfully depraved Baron de Charlus. J. Hoberman, New York Times, "Revived and Still Luxurious: Raúl Ruiz’s Search for Proust," 8 Feb. 2018 The couple’s relationship has been rocky after it was revealed that Josh was unfaithful to his wife and used adultery site Ashley Madison to cheat. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Anna Duggar says 'past 10 years' with husband Josh Duggar 'have been a wonderful adventure'," 6 July 2018 Her husband, who was said to have been unfaithful, was convicted, but there are doubts, according to a news release from the TV channel. Joshua Sharpe, ajc, "TV show: DeKalb man might be innocent in wife’s murder," 12 July 2018 Her subjects ranged from the Habsburg Empire’s high nobility, shown at play in late World War I-era issues of society magazines, to Vienna’s high-culture heartbreaker, Alma Mahler, Gustav’s unfaithful wife. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Faces of Old Vienna," 12 July 2018 Libbie Custer is a compelling character, a fierce woman devoted to an unfaithful but passionate husband, who loves battle above all else. Sophie Haigney, SFChronicle.com, "‘The Removes,’ by Tatjana Soli," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of unfaithful

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unfaithful

: having a sexual relationship with someone who is not your wife, husband, or partner
: not accurate


un·​faith·​ful | \ ˌən-ˈfāth-fəl \

Kids Definition of unfaithful

: not faithful : disloyal

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