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[feyth-lis] /ˈfeɪθ lɪs/
not adhering to allegiance, promises, vows, or duty:
the faithless behavior of Benedict Arnold.
not trustworthy; unreliable.
without trust or belief.
being without religious faith.
(among Christians) bereft of Christian faith.
Origin of faithless
1250-1300; Middle English faithles. See faith, -less
Related forms
faithlessly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for faithless
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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


unreliable or treacherous
dishonest or disloyal
having no faith or trust
lacking faith, esp religious faith
Derived Forms
faithlessly, adverb
faithlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for faithless

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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