adjective Date: 14th century 1. not true to allegiance or duty ; treacherous, disloyal <
a faithless servant
2. not to be relied on ; untrustworthy <
a faithless tool
faithlessly adverbfaithlessness noun Synonyms: faithless, false, disloyal, traitorous, treacherous, perfidious mean untrue to what should command one's fidelity or allegiance. faithless applies to any failure to keep a promise or pledge or any breach of allegiance or loyalty <
faithless allies
. false stresses the fact of failing to be true in any manner ranging from fickleness to cold treachery <
betrayed by false friends
. disloyal implies a lack of complete faithfulness to a friend, cause, leader, or country <
disloyal to their country
. traitorous implies either actual treason or a serious betrayal of trust <
traitorous acts punishable by death
. treacherous implies readiness to betray trust or confidence <
a treacherous adviser
. perfidious adds to faithless the implication of an incapacity for fidelity or reliability <
a perfidious double-crosser

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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