noun (plural -ties) Etymology: Middle English fidelite, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French fidelité, from Latin fidelitat-, fidelitas, from fidelis faithful, from fides faith, from fidere to trust — more at bide Date: 15th century 1. a. the quality or state of being faithful b. accuracy in details ; exactness 2. the degree to which an electronic device (as a record player, radio, or television) accurately reproduces its effect (as sound or picture) Synonyms: fidelity, allegiance, fealty, loyalty, devotion, piety mean faithfulness to something to which one is bound by pledge or duty. fidelity implies strict and continuing faithfulness to an obligation, trust, or duty <
marital fidelity
. allegiance suggests an adherence like that of citizens to their country <
pledging allegiance
. fealty implies a fidelity acknowledged by the individual and as compelling as a sworn vow <
fealty to the truth
. loyalty implies a faithfulness that is steadfast in the face of any temptation to renounce, desert, or betray <
valued the loyalty of his friends
. devotion stresses zeal and service amounting to self-dedication <
a painter's devotion to her art
. piety stresses fidelity to obligations regarded as natural and fundamental <
filial piety

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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