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FAITHFUL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does faithful mean? 

FAITHFUL (noun)
  The noun FAITHFUL has 2 senses:

1. any loyal and steadfast following
2. a group of people who adhere to a common faith and habitually attend a given church

  Familiarity information: FAITHFUL used as a noun is rare.


FAITHFUL (adjective)
  The adjective FAITHFUL has 3 senses:

1. steadfast in affection or allegiance
2. marked by fidelity to an original
3. not having sexual relations with anyone except your husband or wife, or your boyfriend or girlfriend

  Familiarity information: FAITHFUL used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


FAITHFUL (noun)


Sense 1faithful [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any loyal and steadfast following

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Hypernyms ("faithful" is a kind of...):

followers; following (a group of followers or enthusiasts)


Sense 2faithful [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A group of people who adhere to a common faith and habitually attend a given church

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

congregation; faithful; fold

Hypernyms ("faithful" is a kind of...):

social group (people sharing some social relation)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "faithful"):

flock (a church congregation guided by a pastor)

Holonyms ("faithful" is a member of...):

denomination (a group of religious congregations having its own organization and a distinctive faith)


FAITHFUL (adjective)


Sense 1faithful [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Steadfast in affection or allegiance

Context examples:

years of faithful service / faithful employees / we do not doubt that England has a faithful patriot in the Lord Chancellor

Similar:

true (devoted (sometimes fanatically) to a cause or concept or truth)

fast; firm; loyal; truehearted (unwavering in devotion to friend or vow or cause)

Also:

constant (steadfast in purpose or devotion or affection)

true (consistent with fact or reality; not false)

trustworthy; trusty (worthy of trust or belief)

Attribute:

faithfulness; fidelity (the quality of being faithful)

Antonym:

unfaithful (not true to duty or obligation or promises)


Sense 2faithful [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Marked by fidelity to an original

Synonyms:

faithful; close

Context examples:

a close translation / a faithful copy of the portrait / a faithful rendering of the observed facts

Similar:

accurate (conforming exactly or almost exactly to fact or to a standard or performing with total accuracy)


Sense 3faithful [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not having sexual relations with anyone except your husband or wife, or your boyfriend or girlfriend

Context example:

he remained faithful to his wife

Similar:

true to (sexually faithful)

Antonym:

unfaithful (having sexual relations with someone other than your husband or wife, or your boyfriend or girlfriend)


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