AskDefine | Define faithful

Dictionary Definition

faithful adj
1 steadfast in affection or allegiance; "years of faithful service"; "faithful employees"; "we do not doubt that England has a faithful patriot in the Lord Chancellor" [ant: unfaithful]
2 marked by fidelity to an original; "a close translation"; "a faithful copy of the portrait"; "a faithful rendering of the observed facts" [syn: close]
3 not having sexual relations with anyone except your husband or wife, or your boyfriend or girlfriend; "he remained faithful to his wife" [ant: unfaithful]

Noun

1 any loyal and steadfast following
2 a group of people who adhere to a common faith and habitually attend a given church [syn: congregation, fold]

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English

Etymology

Pronunciation

  • 'feɪθfl

Adjective

faithful
  1. loyal; adhering firmly to person or cause
    • A faithful dog
  2. having faith
    • Faithful to God
  3. reliable; worthy of trust
    • A faithful servant
  4. consistent with reality
    • A faithful reproduction

Derived terms

Noun

  1. The practicing members of a religion or followers of a cause.
    • The faithful pray five times a day

Extensive Definition

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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