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adjective stead·fast \ˈsted-ˌfast also -fəst\

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

Full Definition of STEADFAST

a :  firmly fixed in place :  immovable
b :  not subject to change <the steadfast doctrine of original sin — Ellen Glasgow>
:  firm in belief, determination, or adherence :  loyal <her followers have remained steadfast>
stead·fast·ly adverb
stead·fast·ness \-ˌfas(t)-nəs, -fəs(t)-\ noun

Examples of STEADFAST

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


Middle English stedefast, from Old English stedefæst, from stede + fæst fixed, fast
First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of STEADFAST

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>.
STEADFASTNESS Defined for Kids


adjective stead·fast \ˈsted-ˌfast\

Definition of STEADFAST for Kids

:  not changing :  resolute <a steadfast refusal>
:  loyal <steadfast friends>
stead·fast·ly adverb
stead·fast·ness noun


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