Definition of faithful in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfāTHfəl/


1Loyal, constant, and steadfast: he exhorted them to remain faithful to the principles of Reaganism employees who had notched up decades of faithful service (as plural noun the faithful) the struggle to please the party faithful
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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.
loyal, constant, true, devoted, true-blue, unswerving, staunch, steadfast, dedicated, committed;
trusty, trustworthy, dependable, reliable
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.
2 (usually as plural noun the faithful) Having a strong belief in a particular religion, especially Islam.
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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.
3True to the facts or the original: the rugs they make today remain faithful to their ancestors' methods
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  • In journalistic usage, you shall be as accurate and balanced and fair, and as faithful to pinned-down facts, as you possibly can be.
  • People who make documentaries have to be faithful to the facts.
  • Despite some juggling of the sequence of events, ‘Ali’ is largely faithful to facts.
accurate, precise, exact, errorless, unerring, faultless, true, close, strict;
realistic, authentic
informal on the mark, bang on, on the money

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