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UNFAITHFUL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does unfaithful mean? 

UNFAITHFUL (adjective)
  The adjective UNFAITHFUL has 4 senses:

1. not true to duty or obligation or promises
2. having sexual relations with someone other than your husband or wife, or your boyfriend or girlfriend
3. having the character of, or characteristic of, a traitor
4. not trustworthy

  Familiarity information: UNFAITHFUL used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


UNFAITHFUL (adjective)


Sense 1unfaithful [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not true to duty or obligation or promises

Context example:

an unfaithful lover

Similar:

apostate (not faithful to religion or party or cause)

perfidious; punic; treacherous (tending to betray; especially having a treacherous character as attributed to the Carthaginians by the Romans)

untrue (not true to an obligation or trust)

Also:

inconstant (likely to change frequently often without apparent or cogent reason; variable)

untrustworthy; untrusty (not worthy of trust or belief)

Attribute:

faithfulness; fidelity (the quality of being faithful)

Antonym:

faithful (steadfast in affection or allegiance)


Sense 2unfaithful [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having sexual relations with someone other than your husband or wife, or your boyfriend or girlfriend

Context example:

her husband was unfaithful

Similar:

adulterous; cheating; two-timing (not faithful to a spouse or lover)

Antonym:

faithful (not having sexual relations with anyone except your husband or wife, or your boyfriend or girlfriend)


Sense 3unfaithful [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having the character of, or characteristic of, a traitor

Synonyms:

faithless; traitorous; treasonable; treasonous; unfaithful

Context examples:

the faithless Benedict Arnold / a lying traitorous insurrectionist

Similar:

disloyal (deserting your allegiance or duty to leader or cause or principle)


Sense 4unfaithful [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not trustworthy

Context example:

an unfaithful reproduction

Similar:

inaccurate (not accurate)


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