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faithful

adjective uk   /ˈfeɪθ.fəl/ us  

faithful adjective (LOYAL)

B2 firm and not changing in your friendship with or support for a person or an organization, or in your belief in your principles: a faithful friend They are faithful supporters of the Labour Party. His faithful old dog accompanied him everywhere he went.Loyal, faithful and dependable C2 If your husband, wife, or partner is faithful, he or she does not have a sexual relationship with anyone else: Was your wife faithful during your marriage? He was faithful to his wife throughout their 30-year marriage.Loyal, faithful and dependable faithful to sth continuing to support or follow something: He remained faithful to the president's regime when so many others spoke out against it. Despite persecution, she remained faithful to her beliefs.Loyal, faithful and dependable

faithful adjective (ACCURATE)

true or not changing any of the details, facts, style, etc. of the original: She gave a faithful account of what had happened on that night. I have tried to keep my translation as faithful as possible to the original book.Accurate and exactTrue, real, false, and unreal

faithful adjective (RELIGIOUS)

following a particular religion: faithful Christians faithful followers of BuddhismBelievers and non-believersSupporters, members and defenders

faithful

noun [C] uk   /ˈfeɪθ.fəl/ us  

faithful noun [C] (SUPPORTER)

someone who continues to support someone or something: He gave a rousing speech to a room full of party faithfuls.Loyal, faithful and dependable

faithful

noun [plural] uk   /ˈfeɪθ.fəl/ us  
the faithful people who are always loyal to a particular group or organization, especially a political party: They asked for donations from the party faithful.Loyal, faithful and dependable the people who believe in a particular religion: We heard bells calling the faithful to prayer.Believers and non-believersSupporters, members and defenders
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