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steadfast

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

Simple Definition of steadfast

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

Full Definition of steadfast

  1. 1a :  firmly fixed in place :  immovableb :  not subject to change <the steadfast doctrine of original sin — Ellen Glasgow>

  2. 2 :  firm in belief, determination, or adherence :  loyal <her followers have remained steadfast>

stead·fast·ly adverb
stead·fast·ness play \-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>



Origin of steadfast

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>.


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