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Main Entry: 1faith·ful
Pronunciation: 'fAth-f&l
Function: 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>
- faith·ful·ly /-f&-lE/ adverb
- faith·ful·ness 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>.