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staunch

verb \ ˈstȯnch , ˈstänch \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

variant of

transitive verb
1 : to check or stop the flowing of
  • stanched her tears
; also : to stop the flow of blood from (a wound)
2 archaic : allay, extinguish
3 a : to stop or check in its course
  • trying to stanch the crime wave
b : to make watertight : stop up

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staunch

adjective \ ˈstȯnch , ˈstänch \
variants: or less commonly play \ˈstȯnch, ˈstänch, ˈstanch\

Definition of staunch

1 a : watertight, sound
b : strongly built : substantial
2 : steadfast in loyalty or principle
  • a staunch friend

staunchly

adverb

staunchness

noun

Examples of staunch in a Sentence

  1. She is a staunch advocate of women's rights.

  2. He's a staunch believer in the value of regular exercise.

  3. I'm one of his staunchest supporters.

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Origin and Etymology of staunch

Middle English, from Anglo-French estanche, feminine of estanc, from estancher to stanch — more at stanch

Synonym Discussion of staunch

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

STAUNCH Defined for English Language Learners

staunch

adjective

Definition of staunch for English Language Learners

  • : very devoted or loyal to a person, belief, or cause


STAUNCH Defined for Kids

staunch

adjective \ ˈstȯnch , ˈstänch \

Definition of staunch for Students

stauncher; staunchest
1 : strongly built : substantial
  • staunch foundations
2 : loyal, steadfast
  • They were staunch supporters.

staunchly

adverb

Medical Dictionary

staunch

medical Definition of staunch



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