2 a faithful copy of a famous painting
accurate, precise, exact, errorless, error-free, unerring, without error, faultless, true, close, strict;
North American informal on the money
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faithful, loyal, constant, true
All these words are used to describe an unwavering commitment to someone or something.Someone who is faithful shows unchanging affection or support for a person or cause, often in the face of difficulty or some temptation to desert. It can refer to marital fidelity ( he has been faithful to his wife for 42 years) or religious faith ( faithful Jews were required to make the pilgrimage to Jerusalem three times a year) and is used informally of inanimate objects regarded as absolutely reliable ( he drove his faithful Toyota overland from Saudi Arabia).Loyal typically refers to allegiance to a superior or employer ( he proved to be a loyal subject of the king | a loyal workforce) or support for a business or other organization ( we look forward to providing our loyal customers with a first-class service). A loyal friend will show unwavering support, particularly in standing by one in the face of criticism or hostility from others.Constant is a rather literary term for unchanging and utterly reliable fidelity ( they are constant and dependable, consistently dispensing happiness).True has a rather archaic ring when used to convey fidelity ( she is as true to me as the day is long), since the sense tends to merge with the sense ‘real’ ( a true friend). It is also used in the phrase true to ( true to his word, he schooled her in horsemanship).