Definition of steadfast
steadfastnessplay \-ˌfas(t)-nəs, -fəs(t)-\ noun
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Examples of steadfast in a Sentence
He was steadfast in his support of the governor's policies.
a steadfast supporter of women's rights
Recent Examples of steadfast from the Web
Indians pitcher Johnny Barbato, who has played in 28 MLB games over the past two years, said that while the pitch clock has been somewhat ingrained into his rhythm, major leaguers are pretty steadfast in their routines.
The president had been steadfast throughout, sometimes childishly so, but his initial assessment had proved right: Saddam was rapacious, insatiable.
The sun is searingly bright, palpably hot, bold, and unmissable; our steadfast companion for many of our waking hours.
Oh, you who believe, be steadfast in your devotion to God.
Whereas Earn and Alfred are steadfast realists, trapped in the rat race of their everyday lives and driven primarily by money, success, and family, Robinson views Darius as a transcendent character who sees past all of those stressors.
Musical tastes changed while Barber remained steadfast.
But over the past months, as the group’s territory has shrunk, so has its message calling on fighters to be steadfast and urging men to join the group.
With pro-casino forces scrambling — led by two Democratic senators, Cathy Osten of Sprague and Timothy Larson of East Hartford — the glue was steadfast support from urban lawmakers.
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Did You Know?
Steadfast has held its ground in English for many centuries. Its Old English predecessor, stedefæst, combined stede (meaning "place" or "stead") and fæst (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.
Origin and Etymology of steadfast
Middle English stedefast, from Old English stedefæst, from stede + fæst fixed, fast
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of steadfast
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Definition of steadfast for English Language Learners
: very devoted or loyal to a person, belief, or cause : not changing
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