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[feyth-fuh l] /ˈfeɪθ fəl/
strict or thorough in the performance of duty:
a faithful worker.
true to one's word, promises, vows, etc.
steady in allegiance or affection; loyal; constant:
faithful friends.
reliable, trusted, or believed.
adhering or true to fact, a standard, or an original; accurate:
a faithful account; a faithful copy.
Obsolete. full of faith; believing.
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.
Origin of faithful
1250-1300; Middle English feithful. See faith, -ful
Related forms
faithfully, adverb
faithfulness, noun
overfaithful, adjective
overfaithfully, adverb
overfaithfulness, noun
pseudofaithful, adjective
pseudofaithfully, adverb
quasi-faithful, adjective
quasi-faithfully, adverb
1, 3. true, devoted, staunch. 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. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • And fierceness and faithfulness, together, invariably produce pride.

  • From your day down to this, the world has been the better for your faithfulness.

  • Now I would not for a moment be understood as belittling the value of faithfulness in an employee.

    Successward Edward W. Bok
  • faithfulness was the only virtue he required of Hieronymus Andreae.

    Albert Durer T. Sturge Moore
  • Isabel was the one woman in the whole world whom Theophil's faithfulness could not transform into Jenny.

British Dictionary definitions for faithfulness


having faith; remaining true, constant, or loyal
maintaining sexual loyalty to one's lover or spouse
consistently reliable: a faithful worker
reliable or truthful: a faithful source
accurate in detail: a faithful translation
the faithful
  1. the believers in and loyal adherents of a religious faith, esp Christianity
  2. any group of loyal and steadfast followers
Derived Forms
faithfully, adverb
faithfulness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for faithfulness



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
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faithfulness in the Bible

as a designation of Christians, means full of faith, trustful, and not simply trustworthy (Acts 10:45; 16:1; 2 Cor. 6:15; Col. 1:2; 1 Tim. 4:3, 12; 5:16; 6:2; Titus 1:6; Eph. 1:1; 1 Cor. 4:17, etc.). It is used also of God's word or covenant as true and to be trusted (Ps. 119:86, 138; Isa. 25:1; 1 Tim. 1:15; Rev. 21:5; 22:6, etc.).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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