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Alternative forms

  • feith, feithe, fayth, faythe, faithe (all obsolete)


From Middle English faith, fayth, feith, feyth (also fay, fey, fei ("faith"); > English fay (faith)), borrowed from Old French fay, fey, fei, feit, feid (faith), from Latin fidēs (faith, belief, trust; whence also English fidelity), from fīdō (trust, confide in), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *bʰidʰ-, zero-grade of *bʰeydʰ- ("to command, persuade, trust"; whence also English bide).

Old French had [θ] as a final devoiced allophone of /ð/ from lenited Latin /d/; this eventually fell silent in the 12th century. The -th of the Middle English forms is most straightforwardly accounted for as a direct borrowing of a French [θ]. However, it has also been seen as arising from alteration of a French form with -d under influence of English abstract nouns in the suffix -th (e.g. truth, ruth, health, etc.), or as a recharacterisation of a French form like fay, fey, fei with the same suffix, thus making the word equivalent to fay +‎ -th.


  • IPA(key): /feɪθ/
  • Rhymes: -eɪθ


faith (countable and uncountable, plural faiths)

  1. The process of forming or understanding abstractions, ideas, or beliefs, without empirical evidence, experience or observation.
  2. A religious belief system.
  3. An obligation of loyalty or fidelity and the observance of such an obligation.
  4. A trust or confidence in the intentions or abilities of a person, object, or ideal.
  5. (obsolete) Credibility or truth.
    • Mitford
      the faith of the foregoing narrative


For quotations of use of this term, see Citations:faith.


  • (knowing, without direct observation, based on indirect evidence and experience, that something is true, real, or will happen): belief, confidence, trust, conviction
  • (system of religious belief): religion


  • (religious belief system): Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Bahá'í Faith, Wicca, Eckankar, Raëlism, Zoroastrianism, New Age, Unitarian Universalism, Jainism, Shinto, LaVeyan Satanism, Scientology, Taoism, Yoruba, Druidry, paganism, Juche, Cao Dai, Confucianism, Spiritism, humanism, Rastafarianism, Tenrikyo

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Further reading

  • faith in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • faith in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.


  • hatif

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