faithful

faithful
faithful [fāth′fəl]
adj.
[ME]
1. keeping faith; maintaining allegiance; constant; loyal [faithful friends]
2. marked by or showing a strong sense of duty or responsibility; conscientious [faithful attendance]
3. accurate; reliable; exact [a faithful copy]
4. Obs. full of faith, esp. religious faith
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the faithful
1. the true believers (in any specified religion)
2. the loyal adherents or supporters
faithfully
adv.
faithfulness
n.
SYN.- FAITHFUL implies steadfast adherence to a person or thing to which one is bound as by an oath or obligation [a faithful wife ]; LOYAL implies undeviating allegiance to a person, cause, institution, etc. which one feels morally bound to support or defend [a loyal friend ]; CONSTANT suggests freedom from fickleness in affections or loyalties [a constant lover ]; STAUNCH (or STANCH) implies such strong allegiance to one's principles or purposes as not to be turned aside by any cause [a staunch defender of the truth ]; RESOLUTE stresses unwavering determination, often in adhering to one's personal ends or aims [resolute in one's decision ] -ANT. FAITHLESS

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