- 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 faithfulness
And this mix of intellectualism and faithfulness is filling an unmet need among students on many of these campuses.Can Christians Still Go to Harvard?
Kirsten Powers, Jonathan Merritt
October 12, 2014
God does not want a house built by man,” he said, “but faithfulness to His word, to His plan.Pope Francis Puts a Ring on It: Video of the Inauguration
The Daily Beast Video
March 19, 2013
He goes to his death as a final act of faithfulness to the party for which he committed his own crimes.David's Book Club: Darkness At Noon
August 26, 2012
Martyrs, Daniel promised, would be rewarded for their faithfulness in a special way.
Martyrs, he promised, would be rewarded for their faithfulness in a special way.
We should help him to retain their affection and faithfulness.An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
From your day down to this, the world has been the better for your faithfulness.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
Faithfulness was the only virtue he required of Hieronymus Andreae.Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
But there was his faithfulness, and he went back to be betrayed yet a third time.
This faithfulness was a quality of the clay that composed him.
- 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 faithfulness
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.