Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Adhering firmly and devotedly, as to a person, cause, or idea; loyal.
  • adj. Engaging in sex only with one's spouse or only with one's partner in a sexual relationship.
  • adj. Having or full of faith.
  • adj. Worthy of trust or belief; reliable.
  • adj. Consistent with truth or actuality: a faithful reproduction of the portrait.
  • n.pl. The practicing members of a religious faith, especially of Christianity or Islam: a pilgrimage to Mecca made by the faithful.
  • n.pl. The steadfast adherents of a faith or cause: a meeting of the party faithful.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. loyal; adhering firmly to person or cause
  • adj. having faith
  • adj. reliable; worthy of trust
  • adj. consistent with reality
  • adj. engaging in sexual relations only with one's spouse or long-term sexual partner
  • n. The practicing members of a religion or followers of a cause.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Full of faith, or having faith; disposed to believe, especially in the declarations and promises of God.
  • adj. Firm in adherence to promises, oaths, contracts, treaties, or other engagements.
  • adj. 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.
  • adj. Worthy of confidence and belief; conformable to truth ot fact; exact; accurate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Full of faith; having faith; believing.
  • Firm in faith; full of loyalty and fidelity; true and constant in affection or allegiance to a person to whom one is bound, or in the performance of duties or services; exact in attending to commands: as, a faithful subject; a faithful servant; a faithful husband or wife.
  • Observant of compacts, treaties, contracts, vows, or other engagements; true to one's word: as, a government faithful to its treaties; faithful to one's word.
  • Trust worthy; true; exact; conforming to the letter and spirit; conformable to truth or to a prototype: as, a faithful execution of a will; a faithful narrative; a faithful likeness.
  • True; worthy of belief; truthful: as, a faithful witness.
  • Synonyms Truthful, careful, trusty, trustworthy, stanch, incorruptible, reliable.
  • Close, strict, accurate, conscientious.
  • n. A faithful person.
  • n. Among Mohammedans, the true believers: hence the calif is called “Commander of the Faithful.”
  • n. In political use, the general body of unquestioning adherents of a party: used in contempt by members of other parties.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any loyal and steadfast following
  • n. a group of people who adhere to a common faith and habitually attend a given church
  • adj. not having sexual relations with anyone except your husband or wife, or your boyfriend or girlfriend
  • adj. steadfast in affection or allegiance
  • adj. marked by fidelity to an original

Etymologies

faith +‎ -ful (Wiktionary)

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