Definition of faithful in English:



  • 1Loyal, constant, and steadfast.

    ‘employees who had notched up decades of faithful service’
    ‘he exhorted them to remain faithful to the principles of Reaganism’
    ‘the struggle to please the party faithful’
    • ‘Their work has taken them to many exotic spots around the world, but they remain faithful to home.’
    • ‘It took a short while before Althea gained a small but faithful group of noble followers.’
    • ‘Yes, people sometimes cheat and lie, but they sometimes are also faithful and truthful.’
    • ‘Excited over the prospects of films, Heeba still promises to remain faithful to theatre.’
    • ‘The late Mrs. Dunleavy, nee Keane, was a native of this parish and she was always loyal and faithful to it.’
    • ‘Four percent say pets are more faithful than friends and 2 percent agree they are more reliable than their parents.’
    • ‘This, the village elders said, was the way friendship was supposed to be - true and faithful, long-lasting and firm.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Filmmakers, in the image of Rossellini and Fassbinder, should remain faithful to that vocation, because without it, they will disappear along with their art.’
    • ‘In the years since then, Moe has carved out his own niche in the music, remaining ever faithful to the ‘old’ sounds and never drifting far from the roots of his music.’
    • ‘From the outset he knew that he could not hope to curry favour with the government and remain faithful to his constitutional obligations.’
    • ‘It was the quietest of triumphs, and in this it remained faithful to the coach's idea of a truly worthy basketball performance.’
    • ‘It was converted into the bingo hall - the largest in Europe - in 1976 and the new owners remained faithful to its former glory.’
    • ‘All your friends may not be as reliable or faithful as you expect.’
    • ‘I have been to the edge of life and come back with a wise, faithful and honest friend whom I trust completely at my core.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Let my friends know that I have remained faithful to the ideal of my life, let my countrymen know that I am going to die so that France may live.’
    • ‘High in the Alps is a monument raised in honour of a faithful guide who perished while ascending a peak to rescue a stranded tourist.’
    • ‘Hawi's unwavering confidence that our aims will eventually be achieved serves as an inspiration, keeping us faithful to his path as we remain faithful to his memory.’
    loyal, constant, true, devoted, true-blue, true-hearted, unswerving, unwavering, staunch, steadfast, dedicated, committed
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    1. 1.1 (of a spouse or partner) never having a sexual relationship with anyone else.
      ‘her husband was faithful to her’
      • ‘We also learn that George III was ‘a genuinely faithful spouse… devoted to his fifteen children’.’
      • ‘A genuinely faithful spouse, he appeared devoted to his fifteen children - at least while they were in their infancy.’
      • ‘Some of you will get a faithful spouse, who will bring you a lot of luck.’
      • ‘He probably got married early on, fell in love, and has stayed true and faithful to her ever since.’
      • ‘A character actor may also be a faithful husband; both are steady, if unspectacular jobs.’
      • ‘When the offending spouse initiated the divorce, however, the faithful spouse was more likely to experience depression.’
      • ‘I realize that this is normal and I have no control over what I may or may not feel, but I also feel like I'm betraying my faithful wife for having these thoughts.’
      • ‘He is honest, faithful, great with money, and most of all he loves me more than anything.’
      • ‘He assumed that in marriage the wife's role is to be domestic and supportive, like Monica tolerating and tranquillizing even a hot-tempered and none too faithful partner.’
      • ‘Although closely related species, meadow voles have multiple mates while prairie voles remain steadfastly faithful to their partners.’
      • ‘Viewers know that Pembleton is a faithful husband with no sexual interest in the woman.’
      • ‘I knew when I got home I'd find her, my faithful wife, tearfully afraid I would not return, waiting for me.’
      • ‘Fresh disclosures from Ulrika are sure to shake Sven's relationship with his faithful, long-suffering partner.’
      • ‘Madame Wu is a faithful wife, producing heirs for the Wu family and controlling the house staff with skill and efficiency.’
      • ‘The play is a poignant domestic tragedy which follows the death of a seemingly faithful wife once her infidelities have been discovered.’
      • ‘Getting married doesn't make you morally superior and it certainly doesn't automatically make you a faithful partner or a doting parent.’
      • ‘Do you not trust your lady enough to remain faithful to you with so much temptation around?’
      • ‘She survived Russell by thirty years and remained as faithful to him until her death as if her love had been returned.’
      • ‘He is compared to a loving father, a caring mother, a tender shepherd, a faithful husband, a generous friend.’
      • ‘Betsy had been the complete opposite of her husband - kind, compassionate, faithful, and honest.’
    2. 1.2 (of an object) reliable.
      ‘my faithful compass’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2True to the facts or the original.

    ‘the rugs they make today remain faithful to their ancestors' methods’
    • ‘‘Actually the film is incredibly faithful to the book despite the fact it's been reset in Chicago,’ said Hornby mildly.’
    • ‘Judges must be free to do their jobs - to listen to the facts, to carefully divine the law and to be faithful to the Constitution.’
    • ‘In an effort to maintain Wallace's architectural and historical integrity, the layout of the floor will remain faithful to those original plans.’
    • ‘She remains faithful to Thackeray's vision but adds a touch of candour to his tone of condescension, a sparkle to the supercilious ways of the British rich.’
    • ‘The game remains faithful to the spirit of the book, but it is perhaps a little too linear and predictable.’
    • ‘In journalistic usage, you shall be as accurate and balanced and fair, and as faithful to pinned-down facts, as you possibly can be.’
    • ‘Yet if we fail to gauge how representative the sample is of the population, we assume that it is faithful in all salient respects.’
    • ‘Although the screenwriter may remain faithful to the original work's intentions, for the adaptation to have its own value, it must have its own point of view.’
    • ‘But despite all this augmentation, the text remains surprisingly faithful to the original.’
    • ‘If Imperial Rome had remained faithful to the style of ancient Greece with its vast, lavish buildings, then the Renaissance also favoured this classical style.’
    • ‘Despite some juggling of the sequence of events, ‘Ali’ is largely faithful to facts.’
    • ‘When a film is advertised as a true story, does it have a responsibility to be faithful to the truth?’
    • ‘In point of fact, no genuinely faithful screen adaptation of Red Harvest has ever been successfully attempted, but many loose adaptations have made their mark.’
    • ‘I am very proud of the fact that I have been as faithful to the truth as humanly possible.’
    • ‘For his part Ken remained faithful to the evidence as he saw it, and to truth when it could be discerned.’
    • ‘People who make documentaries have to be faithful to the facts.’
    • ‘In order to remain faithful to our charge to highlight contemporary Africa, we historically contextualized the stories that the older pieces tell.’
    • ‘Browne has tried to remain as faithful to the original interiors as possible, and is especially proud of his work on the main staircase.’
    • ‘While the themes and script remain faithful to the book, the set design and production values are highly original.’
    • ‘Winner of many international prizes, Stanev has built a considerable reputation on his faithful re-interpreting of the staple classical repertoire.’
    accurate, precise, exact, errorless, error-free, unerring, without error, faultless, true, close, strict
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  • 3usually as plural noun the faithfulHaving a strong belief in a particular religion, especially Islam.

    • ‘Pondering this commentary will stiffen the spine of the faithful for preaching, teaching, interpretation and life in the world.’
    • ‘The readings were by his son, David; prayers of the faithful by his grandchildren, Elaine, Brea and Gillian Roche.’
    • ‘This wholeness is about community, the community of the faithful that forms the church.’
    • ‘We also ask that you ease the pain for all those religious in the Church who were innocent of any wrongdoing and who have remained faithful to their vows.’
    • ‘Alex's mother Christiane however, has become a staunch party faithful member, though trying to improve everyday life in her own small way.’
    • ‘Icons depicting the Virgin Mary and the saints are widely venerated, and the faithful light candles, pray, bow, and sometimes weep before these sacred images.’
    • ‘The prayer service itself was led mostly by the young people, with various members getting involved with prayers of the faithful and readings.’
    • ‘Attachment to losing is taken to a level of religious fanaticism by the faithful.’
    • ‘The responsibilities of the papacy today are daunting, and all realize that the bishop of Rome needs the prayers of the faithful.’
    • ‘Four or five other young women, some with long hair tied back or flowing, one with a close-cropped cut, later read various prayers of the faithful.’
    believers, communicants
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