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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 1375–1425; see origin at faith, -ful
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.
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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
faithfully, adverbfaithfulness, noun
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