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unfaithful

[uhn-feyth-fuh l] /ʌnˈfeɪθ fəl/
adjective
1.
not faithful; false to duty, obligation, or promises; faithless; disloyal.
2.
not sexually faithful to a spouse or lover.
3.
not accurate or complete; inexact:
an unfaithful translation.
4.
Obsolete. unbelieving; infidel.
Origin of unfaithful
1350-1400
First recorded in 1350-1400, unfaithful is from the Middle English word unfeithful. See un-1, faithful
Related forms
unfaithfully, adverb
unfaithfulness, noun
Synonyms
1. untrustworthy, deceitful, treacherous, recreant. 3. imprecise, untrue.
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Examples from the Web for unfaithful
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  • While men are often unfaithful to their covenant, God never is.

  • He would be as unfaithful to you as he has been to his trust in the bank.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • It is ten times better for a woman to marry an unfaithful than a jealous husband.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • It is lawful for the body to have its desires and its loves, but not to be promiscuous and unfaithful.

    The Golden Fountain Lilian Staveley
  • He wondered if it was true that there had been love between these two, and she had been unfaithful.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
British Dictionary definitions for unfaithful

unfaithful

/ʌnˈfeɪθfʊl/
adjective
1.
not true to a promise, vow, etc
2.
not true to a wife, husband, lover, etc, esp in having sexual intercourse with someone else
3.
inaccurate; inexact; unreliable; untrustworthy: unfaithful copy
4.
(obsolete) not having religious faith; infidel
5.
(obsolete) not upright; dishonest
Derived Forms
unfaithfully, adverb
unfaithfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unfaithful
adj.

mid-14c., "acting falsely," from un- (1) "not" + faithful. In Middle English it also had a sense of "infidel, unbelieving, irreligious" (late 14c.). Sense of "not faithful in marriage" is attested from 1828. Related: Unfaithfully; unfaithfulness.

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