[syn: close, faithful]
3. not having sexual relations with anyone except your husband or wife, or your boyfriend or girlfriend;
- Example: "he remained faithful to his wife"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Faithful \Faith"ful\, a.
1. Full of faith, or having faith; disposed to believe,
especially in the declarations and promises of God.
You are not faithful, sir. --B. Jonson.
2. Firm in adherence to promises, oaths, contracts, treaties,
or other engagements.
The faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy
with them that love him. --Deut. vii.
3. True and constant in affection or allegiance to a person
to whom one is bound by a vow, by ties of love, gratitude,
or honor, as to a husband, a prince, a friend; firm in the
observance of duty; loyal; of true fidelity; as, a
faithful husband or servant.
So spake the seraph Abdiel, faithful found,
Among the faithless, faithful only he. --Milton.
4. Worthy of confidence and belief; conformable to truth ot
fact; exact; accurate; as, a faithful narrative or
It is a faithful saying. --2 Tim. ii.
The Faithful, the adherents of any system of religious
belief; esp. used as an epithet of the followers of
Syn: Trusty; honest; upright; sincere; veracious;
trustworthy. -- Faith"ful*ly, adv. -Faith"ful*ness,
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: steadfast in affection or allegiance; "years of faithful
service"; "faithful employees"; "we do not doubt that
England has a faithful patriot in the Lord Chancellor"
2: marked by fidelity to an original; "a close translation"; "a
faithful copy of the portrait"; "a faithful rendering of the
observed facts" [syn: close, faithful]
3: not having sexual relations with anyone except your husband
or wife, or your boyfriend or girlfriend; "he remained
faithful to his wife" [ant: unfaithful]
n 1: any loyal and steadfast following
2: a group of people who adhere to a common faith and habitually
attend a given church [syn: congregation, fold,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
294 Moby Thesaurus words for "faithful":
Christian, Christianlike, Christianly, abandoned, accepted,
accurate, acquiescent, active, adoring, affectionate, afire,
approved, ardent, assiduous, assured, at one with, attached,
authentic, authoritative, believing, breathing, burning,
calculable, canonical, careful, certain, close, committed,
compliant, complying, confident, conforming, conjugal,
conscientious, consistent, constant, continuing, conventional,
convinced, convincing, correct, credible, cultish, cultist,
cultistic, customary, dedicated, delicate, delineative,
demonstrative, dependable, depictive, descriptive, detailed,
devoted, devout, diligent, direct, dogged, dogmatic, doubtless,
duteous, dutiful, dyed-in-the-wool, earnest, enduring, evangelical,
even, exact, expositive, express, expressive, faithworthy, fast,
fastidious, fervent, fervid, fideistic, fiery, filial, fine,
finical, finicky, firm, flaming, fond, graphic, hearty, heated,
honest, hot, hot-blooded, husbandly, immutable, impassioned,
impressed with, in earnest, inalterable, indefatigable,
indomitable, industrious, inerrable, inerrant, infallible,
insistent, intense, intent, intent on, invincible, just,
languishing, lasting, law-abiding, liege, lifelike, literal,
living, lovelorn, lovesick, lovesome, loving, loyal,
marble-constant, maternal, mathematical, melting, meticulous,
micrometrically precise, microscopic, mindful, moral, natural,
naturalistic, never-tiring, nice, obedient, observant, obstinate,
of the faith, on fire, orthodox, orthodoxical, parental,
particular, passionate, paternal, patient, patient as Job, perfect,
perfervid, permanent, perseverant, persevering, persistent,
persisting, persuaded, pertinacious, pietistic, pinpoint, pious,
pistic, plodding, plugging, positive, practicing, prayerful,
precise, predictable, preoccupied, proper, punctilious, punctual,
rapt, realistic, received, red-hot, refined, regardful, relentless,
reliable, religious, religiously exact, representative, resolute,
reverent, reverential, right, righteous, rigid, rigorous, romantic,
satisfied, scientific, scientifically exact, scriptural,
scrupulous, secure, sedulous, sentimental, serious, severe,
sincere, single-minded, sleepless, slogging, soft, sold on, solemn,
solid, sound, speaking, spirited, square, stable, standard,
staunch, steadfast, steady, strict, stubborn, submissive,
substantial, subtle, sure, surefire, tenacious, tender, tested,
textual, theistic, thorough, tireless, to the life, traditional,
traditionalistic, tried, tried and true, true, true to life,
true to nature, true-blue, trusted, trustworthy, trusty, truthful,
unabating, unconquerable, undaunted, under the impression,
undeviating, undiscouraged, undistorted, undoubtful, undoubting,
undrooping, unerring, unfailing, unfaltering, unflagging,
unflinching, unintermitting, uninterrupted, unnodding, unrelaxing,
unrelenting, unremitting, unsleeping, unswerving, untiring,
unwavering, unwearied, unwearying, unwinking, upright,
utterly attentive, uxorious, valid, vehement, venerational,
venerative, veracious, veridical, virtuous, vivid, warm, weariless,
well-drawn, well-founded, well-grounded, white-hot, wifely,
willing, worshipful, zealous
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
as a designation of Christians, means full of faith, trustful,
and not simply trustworthy (Acts 10:45; 16:1; 2 Cor. 6:15; Col.
1:2; 1 Tim. 4:3, 12; 5:16; 6:2; Titus 1:6; Eph. 1:1; 1 Cor.
It is used also of God's word or covenant as true and to be
trusted (Ps. 119:86, 138; Isa. 25:1; 1 Tim. 1:15; Rev. 21:5;