I. adjective Date: 14th century 1. obsolete full of faith 2. steadfast in affection or allegiance ; loyal 3. firm in adherence to promises or in observance of duty ; conscientious 4. given with strong assurance ; binding <
a faithful promise
5. true to the facts, to a standard, or to an original <
a faithful copy
faithfully adverbfaithfulness noun Synonyms: faithful, loyal, constant, staunch, steadfast, resolute mean firm in adherence to whatever one owes allegiance. faithful implies unswerving adherence to a person or thing or to the oath or promise by which a tie was contracted <
faithful to her promise
. loyal implies a firm resistance to any temptation to desert or betray <
remained loyal to the czar
. constant stresses continuing firmness of emotional attachment without necessarily implying strict obedience to promises or vows <
constant friends
. staunch suggests fortitude and resolution in adherence and imperviousness to influences that would weaken it <
a staunch defender of free speech
. steadfast implies a steady and unwavering course in love, allegiance, or conviction <
steadfast in their support
. resolute implies firm determination to adhere to a cause or purpose <
a resolute ally
. II. noun Date: circa 1533 1. plural in construction a. church members in full communion and good standing — used with the b. the body of believers in Islam — used with the 2. plural faithful or faithfuls one who is faithful; especially a loyal follower, member, or fan <
party faithfuls

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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