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fi·del·i·ty

 (fĭ-dĕl′ĭ-tē, fī-)
n. pl. fi·del·i·ties
1.
a. Faithfulness to obligations, duties, or observances.
b. The condition or behavior of engaging in sex only with one's spouse or only with one's partner in a sexual relationship.
2. Exact correspondence with fact or with a given quality, condition, or event; accuracy: the fidelity of the movie to the book.
3. The degree to which an electronic system accurately reproduces the sound or image of its input signal.

[Middle English fidelite, from Old French, from Latin fidēlitās, from fidēlis, faithful, from fidēs, faith; see bheidh- in Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: fidelity, allegiance, fealty, loyalty
These nouns denote faithfulness. Fidelity implies the unfailing fulfillment of one's obligations and strict adherence to vows or promises: fidelity to one's spouse; acted in fidelity to religious laws. Allegiance is faithfulness considered as a duty: "I know no South, no North, no East, no West, to which I owe any allegiance" (Henry Clay).
Fealty, once applied to the obligation of a vassal to a feudal lord, now suggests faithfulness that one has pledged to uphold: "[The candidate] pushed his experience as an executive and professed his fealty to Democratic Party principles" (David Corn).
Loyalty implies a steadfast and devoted attachment that is not easily turned aside: loyalty to an oath; loyalty to a lifelong friend.

fidelity

(fɪˈdɛlɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. devotion to duties, obligations, etc; faithfulness
2. loyalty or devotion, as to a person or cause
3. faithfulness to one's spouse, lover, etc
4. adherence to truth; accuracy in reporting detail
5. (Electronics) electronics the degree to which the output of a system, such as an amplifier or radio, accurately reproduces the characteristics of the input signal. See also high fidelity
[C15: from Latin fidēlitās, from fidēlis faithful, from fidēs faith, loyalty]

fi•del•i•ty

(fɪˈdɛl ɪ ti, faɪ-)

n., pl. -ties.
1. strict observance of promises, duties, etc.
3. adherence to fact or detail; accuracy.
4. the degree of accuracy with which sound or images are recorded or reproduced.
[1375–1425; late Middle English fidelite (< Middle French) < Latin fidēlitās]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fidelity - accuracy with which an electronic system reproduces the sound or image of its input signal
accuracy, truth - the quality of being near to the true value; "he was beginning to doubt the accuracy of his compass"; "the lawyer questioned the truth of my account"
2.fidelity - the quality of being faithful
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
constancy - faithfulness and dependability in personal attachments (especially sexual fidelity)
dedication - complete and wholehearted fidelity
loyalty, trueness - the quality of being loyal
infidelity, unfaithfulness - the quality of being unfaithful

fidelity

noun
2. accuracy, precision, correspondence, closeness, adherence, faithfulness, exactitude, exactness, scrupulousness, preciseness the fidelity of these early documents
accuracy inaccuracy, inexactness
Quotations
"Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends" [Alexander Pope]

fidelity

noun
1. Faithfulness or devotion to a person, a cause, obligations, or duties:
Translations
إخلاص، أمانَه، وَفاء
věrnost
loyalitettroskab
lojaaliususkollisuus
tryggðtryggî
uzticība

fidelity

[fɪˈdelɪtɪ] N (= faithfulness) → fidelidad f; (= closeness to original) → exactitud f, fidelidad f

fidelity

[fɪˈdɛlɪti] n
(= faithfulness) (to husband, wife, partner)fidélité f
(= loyalty) → fidélité f
fidelity to sb → fidélité à qn, fidélité envers qn
[report, translation] → fidélité f

fidelity

n
Treue f(to zu)
(of translation etc)Genauigkeit f; (Rad etc) → Klangtreue f

fidelity

[fɪˈdɛlɪtɪ] n (in relationships) → fedeltà; (accuracy) → esattezza, accuratezza

fidelity

(fiˈdeləti) noun
faithfulness or loyalty. his fidelity to his wife; fidelity to a promise.

fidelity

n. fidelidad, lealtad; precisión.
References in classic literature ?
I am about to leave you forever; give me, therefore, one last proof of your affection and fidelity, for, according to our holy religion, a married man seeking admittance at the gate of Heaven is required to swear that he has never defiled himself with an unworthy woman.
I embrace this opportunity to assure you once more of my unalterable fidelity to your interests.
Mercenaries and auxiliaries are useless and dangerous; and if one holds his state based on these arms, he will stand neither firm nor safe; for they are disunited, ambitious, and without discipline, unfaithful, valiant before friends, cowardly before enemies; they have neither the fear of God nor fidelity to men, and destruction is deferred only so long as the attack is; for in peace one is robbed by them, and in war by the enemy.
In the next place, as she knew Sophia to have much more generosity than her master, so her fidelity promised her a greater reward than she could gain by treachery.
My fidelity and steadfastness had been guaranteed by her and no one else.
I certify, with my whole heart, to the fidelity of the portrait.
If we consider the situation of the men on whom the free suffrages of their fellow-citizens may confer the representative trust, we shall find it involving every security which can be devised or desired for their fidelity to their constituents.
He had served with fidelity and courage, and having been, according to the custom of the provinces, intrusted with commands much superior to those to which he was entitled by rank, with reputation also.
spite of million villains, this makes me a bigot in the fadeless fidelity of man
And you are ready to renounce all belief in your good sense, in your knowledge, in your fidelity, in what you thought till then was the best in you, giving you the daily bread of life and the moral support of other men's confidence.
Edward Rose, the interpreter, whose sinister looks we have already mentioned, was denounced by this secret informer as a designing, treacherous scoundrel, who was tampering with the fidelity of certain of the men, and instigating them to a flagrant piece of treason.
FOR the rest of the day, and through the night, I was kept a close prisoner in my room, watched by a man on whose fidelity my father could depend.