Definition of faithful in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈfeɪθfʊl
, -f(ə)l/


  • 1Remaining loyal and steadfast: the city has always been faithful to the Conservative party employees who had notched up decades of faithful service
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    • It was a touching and poignant afternoon as friends gathered to show their respects to a man who had remained loyal and ever faithful to the ideals of Comhaltas.
    • He has remained a faithful and steadfast cheerleader for Langley, though he admits that the agency's image could do with some polishing.
    • Many people have given years of faithful service to Muintir Mhaigh Eo and have remained faithful to the ethos of the founding fathers of the Association all those years ago.
  • 1.1(Of a spouse or partner) never having a sexual relationship with anyone else: her husband was faithful to her
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    • Viewers know that Pembleton is a faithful husband with no sexual interest in the woman.
    • Getting married doesn't make you morally superior and it certainly doesn't automatically make you a faithful partner or a doting parent.
    • Fresh disclosures from Ulrika are sure to shake Sven's relationship with his faithful, long-suffering partner.
  • 1.2(Of an object) reliable: my faithful compass
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    • To him, the little blue machine beside his till is a faithful partner that quietly boosts his takings, and he has no ethical concerns over his role in the development of mass-market gambling.


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  • Those who are faithful to a particular religion or political party: a muezzin called the faithful to prayer
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    • The responsibilities of the papacy today are daunting, and all realize that the bishop of Rome needs the prayers of the faithful.
    • This wholeness is about community, the community of the faithful that forms the church.
    • Pondering this commentary will stiffen the spine of the faithful for preaching, teaching, interpretation and life in the world.
    believers, communicants; adherents, followers, loyal followers, loyal members; congregation, brethren, flock

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