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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Faithful  \Faith"ful\,  a. 
  1.  Full  of  faith,  or  having  faith;  disposed  to  believe, 
  especially  in  the  declarations  and  promises  of  God. 
 
  You  are  not  faithful,  sir.  --B.  Jonson 
 
  2.  Firm  in  adherence  to  promises,  oaths,  contracts,  treaties, 
  or  other  engagements. 
 
  The  faithful  God,  which  keepeth  covenant  and  mercy 
  with  them  that  love  him  --Deut.  vii. 
  9. 
 
  3.  True  and  constant  in  affection  or  allegiance  to  a  person 
  to  whom  one  is  bound  by  a  vow,  be  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  --Milton. 
 
  4.  Worthy  of  confidence  and  belief;  conformable  to  truth  ot 
  fact  exact;  accurate;  as  a  faithful  narrative  or 
  representation. 
 
  It  is  a  faithful  saying.  --2  Tim.  ii 
  11. 
 
  {The  Faithful},  the  adherents  of  any  system  of  religious 
  belief;  esp.  used  as  an  epithet  of  the  followers  of 
  Mohammed. 
 
  Syn:  Trusty;  honest;  upright;  sincere;  veracious; 
  trustworthy.  --  {Faith"ful*ly},  adv  -{Faith"ful*ness}, 
  n. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  faithful 
  adj  1:  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" 
  [ant:  {unfaithful}] 
  2:  marked  by  fidelity  to  an  original;  "a  close  translation";  "a 
  faithful  copy  of  the  portrait";  "a  faithful  rendering  of 
  the  observed  facts"  [syn:  {close}] 
  3:  conforming  to  fact  and  therefore  worthy  of  belief;  "an 
  authentic  account  by  an  eyewitness";  "reliable 
  information";  "a  faithful  source"  [syn:  {authentic},  {reliable}] 
  4:  consistently  reliable  or  dependable;  "a  faithful  old  car 
  that  always  gets  us  home" 
  5:  (used  of  persons)  dependable  in  devotion  or  allegiance  or 
  affection;  "a  faithful  old  dog";  "a  faithful  friend"; 
  "fast  friends";  "a  loyal  companion";  "she  proved  a  true 
  friend";  "a  lover  absolutely  true  in  act  and  word  and 
  thought"-  H.O.Taylor  [syn:  {fast(a)},  {loyal},  {true}] 
  n  1:  any  loyal  and  steadfast  following 
  2:  a  group  of  people  who  adhere  to  a  common  faith  and 
  habitually  attend  a  given  church  [syn:  {congregation},  {fold}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Faithful 
  as  a  designation  of  Christians,  means  full  of  faith,  trustful, 
  and  not  simply  trustworthy  (Acts  10:45;  16:1;  2  Cor.  6:15;  Col. 
  1:2;  1  Tim.  4:3,  12;  5:16;  6:2;  Titus  1:6;  Eph.  1:1;  1  Cor. 
  4:17,  etc.). 
 
  It  is  used  also  of  God's  word  or  covenant  as  true  and  to  be 
  trusted  (Ps.  119:86,  138;  Isa.  25:1;  1  Tim.  1:15;  Rev.  21:5; 
  22:6,  etc.). 
 




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