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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 ?
Of course, he smiled darkly at their delusion, but passed it by with the sad superiority of one who knew that his fidelity like his love was unalterable.
In the presence of others she expressed admiration for his exalted gifts, as she handed the photograph around and dwelt upon the fidelity of the likeness.
The fidelity of 'The Long Rifle' is well known to me," returned Munro, "and is above suspicion; though his usual good fortune seems, at last, to have failed.
Dimmesdale's story as only an instance of that stubborn fidelity with which a man's friends -- and especially a clergyman's -- will sometimes uphold his character, when proofs, clear as the mid-day sunshine on the scarlet letter, establish him a false and sin-stained creature of the dust.
spite of million villains, this makes me a bigot in the fadeless fidelity of man
Thus in the course of the campaign he handled many hundreds of dollars of the Hebrew brewer's money, administering it with naive and touching fidelity.
The incorruptible fidelity, piety and honesty, of Uncle Tom, had more than one development, to her personal knowledge.
Then we hired the hack and the horse which Go"tz von Berlichingen used to use, and drove several miles into the country to visit the place called WEIBERTREU--Wife's Fidelity I suppose it means.
I had some trouble in finding an attendant for her, as it was necessary to select one on whose fidelity dependence could be placed; for her ravings would inevitably betray my secret: besides, she had lucid intervals of days--sometimes weeks--which she filled up with abuse of me.
I have read my New Testament to little purpose, indeed, if Christian mercy may not soften the hard sentence against her -- if Christian charity may not find a plea for her memory in the love and fidelity, the suffering and the sacrifice, of her whole life.
Miss Pross's fidelity of belief in Solomon (deducting a mere trifle for this slight mistake) was quite a serious matter with Mr.
Probably only in an increase, had that been possible, of the romantic feelings of fidelity and friendship with which I walked beside him, over the dark wintry sands towards the old boat; the wind sighing around us even more mournfully, than it had sighed and moaned upon the night when I first darkened Mr.