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faithful

[ feyth-fuhl ]
/ ˈfeɪθ fəl /
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adjective

noun

the faithful,
  1. the believers, especially members of a Christian church or adherents of Islam.
  2. the body of loyal members of any party or group.

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Origin of faithful

First recorded in 1250–1300, faithful is from the Middle English word feithful. See faith, -ful
SYNONYMS FOR faithful
3 Faithful, constant, loyal imply qualities of stability, dependability, and devotion. Faithful implies long-continued and steadfast fidelity to whatever one is bound to by a pledge, duty, or obligation: a faithful friend. Constant suggests firmness and steadfastness in attachment: a constant affection. Loyal implies unswerving allegiance to a person, organization, cause, or idea: loyal to one's associates, one's country.
5 precise, exact.
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British Dictionary definitions for faithful

faithful

/ (ˈfeɪθfʊl) /

adjective

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

noun

the faithful
  1. the believers in and loyal adherents of a religious faith, esp Christianity
  2. any group of loyal and steadfast followers
Derived Formsfaithfully, adverbfaithfulness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for faithful

faithful


adj.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper