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UK [ˈfeɪθf(ə)l] / US [ˈfeɪθfəl] adjective
1) continuing to support someone or be their friend, even in a difficult situation
a faithful friend/servant/follower:

He had always been a faithful friend.

a) continuing to do or believe something, even in a difficult situation
faithful to:

He remained faithful to his beliefs.

b) used about someone's actions

Dr Still gave years of faithful service.

c) used about a dog who behaves like a friend
2) showing or describing something in a way that is exactly correct

a faithful reproduction of the original painting

3) not having sex with anyone other than your partner
faithful to:

Ken has always been faithful to his wife.

4)
a) the faithful the people who support a particular political party, sports team, musician etc

His enthusiasm has obviously appealed to the party faithful.

b) mainly literary the people who believe in a religion

Derived word:
faithfulness
noun uncountable

English dictionary. 2014.

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