Definition of steadfast
steadfastnessplay \-ˌfas(t)-nəs, -fəs(t)-\ noun
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
After the game, Servais was steadfast in his belief that Rockies catcher Ryan Hanigan had violated the rule by blocking the plate with his left leg before catching the ball and not offering Gamel a clear path to slide into.
In short, those societies that share our interests will find no friend more steadfast than the United States.
In interviews in the ensuing days, Court has remained steadfast.
Despite the company’s steadfast opposition, the measure attracted more investor support than any of the four other environmental proposals put to a vote last year.
The U.K. has been steadfast in its support for sanctions over Ukraine.
His steadfast devotion to covering polarizing topics has quickly gained him an audience of likeminded followers.
Teflon cookware, however, remained as steadfast and reliable as ever.
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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 century
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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