steadfast

                    adjective
                    stead·​fast | \ ?sted-?fast also -f?st How to pronounce steadfast (audio) \

                    Definition of steadfast

                    1a : firmly fixed in place : immovable
                    b : not subject to change the steadfast doctrine of original sin— Ellen Glasgow
                    2 : firm in belief, determination, or adherence : loyal her followers have remained steadfast

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                    Other Words from steadfast

                    steadfastly adverb
                    steadfastness \ ?sted-​?fas(t)-​n?s How to pronounce steadfastness (audio) , -​f?s(t)-​ \ noun

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                    faithful, loyal, constant, staunch, steadfast, resolute mean firm in adherence to whatever one owes allegiance. faithful implies unswerving adherence to a person or thing or to the oath or promise by which a tie was contracted. faithful to her promise loyal implies a firm resistance to any temptation to desert or betray. remained loyal to the czar constant stresses continuing firmness of emotional attachment without necessarily implying strict obedience to promises or vows. constant friends staunch suggests fortitude and resolution in adherence and imperviousness to influences that would weaken it. a staunch defender of free speech steadfast implies a steady and unwavering course in love, allegiance, or conviction. steadfast in their support resolute implies firm determination to adhere to a cause or purpose. a resolute ally

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                    Steadfast has held its ground in English for many centuries. Its Old English predecessor, stedef?st, combined stede (meaning "place" or "stead") and f?st (meaning "firmly fixed"). An Old English text of the late 10th century, called The Battle of Maldon, contains our earliest record of the word, which was first used in battle contexts to describe warriors who stood their ground. Soon, it was also being used with the broad meaning "immovable," and as early as the 13th century it was applied to those unswerving in loyalty, faith, or friendship. Centuries later, all of these meanings endure.

                    Examples of steadfast in a Sentence

                    He was steadfast in his support of the governor's policies. a steadfast supporter of women's rights

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                    Newsletter Sign-up Some Republican voters, however, are steadfast in their support for Mr. Trump’s border wall, despite the shutdown. Andrew Duehren, WSJ, "GOP Solidarity Over Wall Faces Test as Voters Press for Shutdown to End," 10 Jan. 2019 She's taught me about humor, and steadfast faith, how to raise compassionate children ... and how to eat Peanut Butter on a spoon. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "See 'Today' Star Jenna Bush Hager Make THE Most Cringe-Worthy Mistake With Hoda Kotb," 11 Apr. 2019 His passions were aviation, cars, and woodworking, yet his hallmark was his steadfast love for God and his family. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 3/21," 21 Mar. 2018 And the risk that marijuana reform could be seen as a win for Democrats could lead Trump himself, never exactly steadfast in his positions, to waver. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Why President Trump May Well Flip-Flop on Marijuana Legalization," 9 June 2018 Lagesse remains steadfast, bolstered by the acquittals, but cautiously optimistic of the road ahead. Sean Rossman, USA TODAY, "It's taken a year for inauguration protesters to get answers, dozens still face charges," 18 Jan. 2018 China will remain steadfast and active in addressing climate change and implementing the Paris agreement, Xie said. Chris Mooney, The Seattle Times, "‘We are in trouble.’ Global carbon emissions reached a record high in 2018.," 5 Dec. 2018 In that vacuum, Reid has stood out as the steadfast and outspoken critic. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The Outspoken Voice of the NFL Player Protests—and It Isn’t Colin Kaepernick," 13 Nov. 2018 For over three decades, Julia Roberts has been a steadfast red carpet darling—and a playful one at that. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Julia Roberts Brings Back the Most Shocking Red Carpet Pedicure at the 2019 Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2019

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                    First Known Use of steadfast

                    before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

                    History and Etymology for steadfast

                    Middle English stedefast, from Old English stedef?st, from stede + f?st fixed, fast

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                    steadfast

                    adjective

                    English Language Learners Definition of steadfast

                    : very devoted or loyal to a person, belief, or cause : not changing

                    steadfast

                    adjective
                    stead·​fast | \ ?sted-?fast How to pronounce steadfast (audio) \

                    Kids Definition of steadfast

                    1 : not changing : resolute a steadfast refusal
                    2 : loyal steadfast friends

                    Other Words from steadfast

                    steadfastly adverb
                    steadfastness noun

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