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faithless

[feyth-lis] /ˈfeɪθ lɪs/
adjective
1.
not adhering to allegiance, promises, vows, or duty:
the faithless behavior of Benedict Arnold.
2.
not trustworthy; unreliable.
3.
without trust or belief.
4.
being without religious faith.
5.
(among Christians) bereft of Christian faith.
Origin of faithless
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English faithles. See faith, -less
Related forms
faithlessly, adverb
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  • She spoke quite civilly, but I was not sure that she liked my calling him "faithless."

    Four Ghost Stories Mrs. Molesworth
  • Now they tell you, and seem to show you, that he is faithless.

    Fair Margaret H. Rider Haggard
  • But these governments were barbarous, faithless, and regardless of the duties of humanity and justice.

  • Have I not, in the height of them, vowed revenge upon the faithless charmer?

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • In these poems Turks are always unreliable and cruel; Venetians are crafty; the faithless wife is usually lured away by a Turk.

    Serbia: A Sketch Helen Leah Reed
  • How can woman be so faithless, so treacherous––in my heart I cried.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • Alone and despoiled of everything, she wandered through the wilderness, seeking her faithless consort.

    Akbar P. A. S. van Limburg-Brouwer
  • Shall you send back the portrait to your faithless mistress?

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • This faithless friend has unwittingly done you a great service.

  • But Nemesis, swift and sudden, awaits the faithless Euphues.

    John Lyly John Dover Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for faithless

faithless

/ˈfeɪθlɪs/
adjective
1.
unreliable or treacherous
2.
dishonest or disloyal
3.
having no faith or trust
4.
lacking faith, esp religious faith
Derived Forms
faithlessly, adverb
faithlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for faithless
adj.

c.1300, "unbelieving," from faith + -less. Meaning "insincere" is mid-14c. Related: Faithlessly; faithlessness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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