I am working on a quarter paper in which I compare two adaptations (adaptions?) of Romeo and Juliet. However, I am not entirely sure what word I can use as the noun form of faithful. My teacher said fidelity would do, but are there any other words that I could use to avoid repetition?

My teacher expressly prohibited me from using faithfulness, so don't post that as an answer.

Thanks in advance!

  • What did you find for synonyms of "fidelity"?? – Hot Licks Nov 19 '15 at 2:46
  • The closest I could find was loyalty but that is more to a person than to a literary work. – AMACB Nov 19 '15 at 2:49
  • Fidelity; constancy; loyalty (to the original). – Ricky Nov 19 '15 at 2:49
  • Did you actually look at a thesaurus, even an online one? – Hot Licks Nov 19 '15 at 2:51
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    OK, so we are talking about whether an adaptation is faithful to the original work. At first I thought this was about whether Romeo was faithful to Juliet or vice verse. – GEdgar Nov 19 '15 at 2:56

In some contexts, you could talk of the author's "adherence" to the original. Generally speaking, though, "faithfulness to the original" is the go-to option, so it's odd that it has been disallowed.

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