- strict or thorough in the performance of duty: a faithful worker.
- true to one's word, promises, vows, etc.
- steady in allegiance or affection; loyal; constant: faithful friends.
- reliable, trusted, or believed.
- adhering or true to fact, a standard, or an original; accurate: a faithful account; a faithful copy.
- Obsolete. full of faith; believing.
- the faithful,
- the believers, especially members of a Christian church or adherents of Islam.
- the body of loyal members of any party or group.
Origin of faithful
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Examples from the Web for faithful
What matters is being honest, humble, and a faithful and loyal friend, father and member of your community.Abramoff’s Advice for Virginia’s New Jailhouse Guv
Tim Mak, Jackie Kucinich
January 7, 2015
If history is a guide, Huckabee will need to resonate with more than just the faithful if he is to win.Can Huckabee Convert the GOP’s Moneymen?
January 4, 2015
But she soldiered on to the end, a loving and faithful companion in victory and defeat.Boris Johnson’s Churchill Man Crush
Michael F. Bishop
November 22, 2014
At every turn, they described their son as a faithful follower who had dedicated his life to easing the suffering of innocents.A 26-Year-Old Woman Is ISIS’s Last American Hostage
November 17, 2014
The presidential hopefuls fire up the faithful with promises to extend the Republican revolution to 2016, as Jeb Bush stays mum.In Texas, Cruz, Perry Crow Over GOP Rout
November 5, 2014
The faithful attendants at once suspected treachery in Alcibiades.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
They will choose competent and faithful representatives for every department.
With her it was a matter of pride in having been a faithful steward.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
The agricultural districts were faithful to the Liberals, but they lost in the boroughs.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Still, too, she was faithful to her cousin, or to the shadow which bore his name.Sylph Etherege
- having faith; remaining true, constant, or loyal
- maintaining sexual loyalty to one's lover or spouse
- consistently reliablea faithful worker
- reliable or truthfula faithful source
- accurate in detaila faithful translation
- the faithful
- the believers in and loyal adherents of a religious faith, esp Christianity
- any group of loyal and steadfast followers
Word Origin and History for faithful
c.1300, "full of faith," also "firm in allegiance," from faith + -ful. Meaning "true to the facts" is from 1520s. The noun sense of "true believers" is from 1550s. Related: Faithfully; faithfulness. Old Faithful geyser named 1870 by explorer Gen. H.D. Washburn, Surveyor-General of the Montana Territory, in reference to the regularity of its outbursts.