• WordNet 3.6
    • adj faithful marked by fidelity to an original "a close translation","a faithful copy of the portrait","a faithful rendering of the observed facts"
    • adj faithful 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"
    • adj faithful not having sexual relations with anyone except your husband or wife, or your boyfriend or girlfriend "he remained faithful to his wife"
    • n faithful a group of people who adhere to a common faith and habitually attend a given church
    • n faithful any loyal and steadfast following
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Additional illustrations & photos:

With all her womanly faith, and all her ear-rings and breast-pins, etc., etc With all her womanly faith, and all her ear-rings and breast-pins, etc., etc
The Old Faithfuls The Old Faithfuls
The faithful spaniel The faithful spaniel

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Fido means faithful in Latin
    • Faithful Firm in adherence to promises, oaths, contracts, treaties, or other engagements. "The faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him."
    • Faithful Full of faith, or having faith; disposed to believe, especially in the declarations and promises of God. "You are not faithful , sir."
    • Faithful 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."
    • Faithful Worthy of confidence and belief; conformable to truth ot fact; exact; accurate; as, a faithful narrative or representation. "It is a faithful saying."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Bible devotes some 500 verses on prayer, less than 500verses on faith, but over 2000 verses on money and posessions.
    • faithful Full of faith; having faith; believing.
    • faithful 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.
    • faithful 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.
    • faithful 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.
    • faithful True; worthy of belief; truthful: as, a faithful witness.
    • faithful Synonyms Truthful, careful, trusty, trustworthy, stanch, incorruptible, reliable.
    • faithful Close, strict, accurate, conscientious.
    • n faithful A faithful person.
    • n faithful Among Mohammedans, the true believers: hence the calif is called “Commander of the Faithful.”
    • n faithful In political use, the general body of unquestioning adherents of a party: used in contempt by members of other parties.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The seven virtues are prudence, courage, temperance, justice, faith, hope and charity.
    • Faithful full of faith, believing: firm in adherence to promises, duty, allegiance, &c.: loyal: conformable to truth: worthy of belief: true
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  • Proverb
    “Weave in faith and God will find the thread.”
  • Adrian Rogers
    Adrian Rogers
    “A faith that hasn't been tested can't be trusted.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “We have not lost faith, but we have transferred it from God to the medical profession.”
  • Sydney Smith
    “It is always right that a man should be able to render a reason for the faith that is within him.”
  • John Lancaster Spalding
    John Lancaster Spalding
    “Your faith is what you believe, not what you know.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “The smallest seed of faith is better than the largest fruit of happiness.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. feith, feyth—O. Fr. feid—L. fidesfidĕre, to trust.


In literature:

Faith and Donald both had snow-shoes, and on their way to school, a few days later, Faith stopped at the shoemaker's door.
"A Little Maid of Ticonderoga" by Alice Turner Curtis
Let that call be our motive and our strength, because faithful is He that calleth, who also will do it.
"Holy in Christ" by Andrew Murray
Have faith in the Redeemer!
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
A New Victory of Faith.
"The Life of Trust: Being a Narrative of the Lord's Dealings With George Müller" by George Müller
Yes, and we had faith, but in my opinion faith must have its grounds.
"The Peace Negotiations" by J. D. Kestell
Once on a vacation I spent a few weeks in the house of a Puritan lady, who learned of my faith and blood only a week before my leaving.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
His was not a dead faith, which is no faith at all, but a living and active faith.
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
He may disbelieve and hate every commandment of his faith; but if he conforms, he is a faithful son.
"India, Its Life and Thought" by John P. Jones
That faith is a thing natural.
"Biographia Scoticana (Scots Worthies)" by John Howie
Without faith, preaching will be fruitless; and faith has origin in the Word alone.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
Philemon Henry was tolerably successful in his undertakings and adhered to the faith of William Penn, even if his own son afterward went astray.
"A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Can I preach to one now complete in faith, that faith which he recognised before his completion?
"The Formation of Christendom, Volume VI" by Thomas W. (Thomas William) Allies
In faithful obedience to this law is the secret of the Church's power and success.
"The Ministry of Intercession" by Andrew Murray
He had no faith in man; he had no faith in God.
"The Man Who Rose Again" by Joseph Hocking
I am faithful to the last.
"Comic Tragedies" by Louisa M. Alcott
This is Faith, the daughter of Rodney the Commodore.
"Old Farm Fairies:" by Henry Christopher McCook
Faith in A'mighty God have more to do wi' the stomach than most folks think on.
"The Soul of Susan Yellam" by Horace Annesley Vachell
Carry the faithful over on thy back.
"Chronicles of the Schonberg-Cotta Family" by Elizabeth Rundle Charles
I hav got a grate deal more faith than i hav pashunce, but i hain't got enough faith in biles.
"The Complete Works of Josh Billings" by Henry W. Shaw
If in certain respects this generation is conspicuous for its lack of faith, in other respects it is notable for its abundance of faith.
"What and Where is God?" by Richard La Rue Swain

In poetry:

I say no word of line or hue,
But if that face you see,
Your soul shall know the smile of faith's
Awful frivolity.
"A Portrait" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
My never-ceasing songs shall show
The mercies of the Lord;
And make succeeding ages know
How faithful is his word.
"Psalm 89 part 1" by Isaac Watts
My father's house on high,
Home of my soul, how near;
At times to faith's foreseeing eye,
Thy golden gates appear!
"For ever with the Lord!" by James Montgomery
But our faithful martyr hero
Through a fiery pathway trod,
Till he laid his valiant spirit
On the bosom of his God.
"The Dying Bondman" by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
Amidst the house of God
Their diff'rent works were done;
Moses a faithful servant stood,
But Christ a faithful Son.
"Hymn 118" by Isaac Watts
The world for gain and giving,
The game for man and boy,
The life that joys in living,
The faith that lives in joy.
"England" by Sir Henry Newbolt

In news:

Showtime is asking you to spend more than five hours, over two evenings, meandering through the life of Joseph Bonanno: loyal countryman, faithful family man, levelheaded businessman.
Born Again ' reflects Newsboys' journey and faith.
The leader of Cambodia's most notorious prison, now on trial, has admitted guilt and asked for forgiveness in accordance with his new faith.
Born Again' reflects Newsboys' journey and faith.
Faith Christian's Bote -ball too much for Holy Family in 3A baseball.
Red Sox should have faith in Carl Crawford.
God has been so faithful as to provide Shoeboxes and items to pack, now we just need you to come join us and pack those boxes.
The Jets' most faithful fans have grand plans to paint Cincinnati green on Saturday.
In October 2004, neuroscientist Fred Gage took a leap of faith and flew to India to present a lecture to Tenzin Gyatso, the current Dalai Lama.
Women from several faiths joined together on Friday, Aug 3, and fasted together to show support during the month of Ramadan.
It will help your faith come alive and get you more active in parish life.
A group of faithful pray during a Mass celebrated by the popular Charismatic priest Father Marcelo Rossi in this file photo from 2007.
Obama has been a master of accomplishing things, even with the Tea Party Terrorists hell bent on shutting down the government and ruining the full faith and credit of the United States.
Childlike faith - and thoughts.
Faith & Family Old church building offers new encounters.

In science:

C be the canonical faithful conditional expectation, and define F : Im( eψ) → Im( eψ) by F (x) = RT VtxVt ∗ dt.
A simple C*-algebra with a finite and an infinite projection
Now, if eψ(x) = 0 for some positive element x in C ⋊γ Z, then ψ(E (x)) = F ( eψ(x)) = 0, whence E (x) = 0 (by injectivity of ψ), and x = 0 (because E is faithful).
A simple C*-algebra with a finite and an infinite projection
Note that the encodings are not yet fully faithful regarding typing.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
ELAN offers a faithful model of non-determinism via sets or lists of possible results where the empty set represents failure.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
Second, in the next section the inverse mapping is described and used to prove that the mapping T is faithful.
Random Planar Lattices and Integrated SuperBrownian Excursion
Note that ρ does not have to be a faithful representation, it may have a kernel which can be thought of as an “internal symmetry”.
Quantum Field Theory and Representation Theory: A Sketch
Note that when trying to produce lower bounds for the proportion of derangements, there is no loss in assuming that G acts faithfully on X .
Derangements in simple and primitive groups
Let G be a group acting primitively and faithfully on the transitive G-set X and let H be the stabilizer of a point x ∈ X .
Derangements in simple and primitive groups
Let G be a connected semisimple algebraic group and X a nontrivial faithful algebraic G-set G/H .
Derangements in simple and primitive groups
The faithful R-module V is semisimple. (ii) Either the R-module V is isotypic or there exists a subgroup G′ ⊂ G of index r dividing n and a G′ -module V ′ of finite k-dimension n/r such that r > 1 and the G-module V is induced from V ′ .
Very simple representations: variations on a theme of Clifford
Then the faithful absolutely simple G-module V is not very simple.
Very simple representations: variations on a theme of Clifford
Since the G-module V is not induced, it follows from Lemma 1.3 and Example 3.4 that the faithful R-submodule V is isotypic.
Very simple representations: variations on a theme of Clifford
Then there is a unique family of curves h : C → T , whose Jacobian is, after an appropriate faithful ly flat base change, isomorphic to J .
Maximally irregularly fibred surfaces of general type
And this Lemma also reveals that we cannot replace ’faithfully flat’ by ’´etale’ in the above corollary.
Maximally irregularly fibred surfaces of general type
Definition 2.2. A quantale Q is called a factor if T (Q) = {0, 1} and 0 6= 1. Q is said to be strictly faithful if (∀l ∈ L(Q), ∀r ∈ R(Q))(lar = lbr) ⇒ a = b for all a, b ∈ Q.
On simple and semisimple quantales