steadfast

adjective
stead·​fast | \ ˈsted-ˌfast also -fəst How to pronounce steadfast (audio) \

Definition of steadfast

1a : firmly fixed in place : immovable
b : not subject to change the steadfast doctrine of original sin— Ellen Glasgow
2 : firm in belief, determination, or adherence : loyal her followers have remained steadfast

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Other Words from steadfast

steadfastly adverb
steadfastness \ ˈsted-​ˌfas(t)-​nəs How to pronounce steadfastness (audio) , -​fəs(t)-​ \ noun

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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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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.

Examples of steadfast in a Sentence

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

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Some commentators found his attitude childish and rude, while others saw it as principled and morally steadfast. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Donald Trump’s Royal Treatment," 4 June 2019 Last seen raging against a ridiculous number of the Night King’s zombie wights, the series’ most steadfast character will presumably live to fight another day. Courtney Shea, Harper's BAZAAR, "Brienne of Tarth Lives—And Gwendoline Christie Has Some Thoughts About that Love Triangle," 6 May 2019 The letter, sent to the White House earlier this week, is notable because Mr. Hatch has been one of Mr. Trump’s most steadfast allies. Siobhan Hughes, WSJ, "Republican Senators Ratchet Up Pressure on Trump Over Tariffs," 20 July 2018 Reich subscribes to the same principle as his former team, the Philadelphia Eagles, who last season showed a steadfast commitment to using multiple running backs. Stephen Holder, Indianapolis Star, "Colts observations: Robert Turbin looking like a key part of backfield," 14 June 2018 This is the Bryson DeChambeau experience—a steadfast, perhaps headstrong insistence of sticking to his methods. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "Bryson DeChambeau, the Game’s Ultimate Tactician, Tested in Opening Round at Shinnecock," 14 June 2018 Despite, Laurel's steadfast focus, she's reminded by Clay of their time as performers who were once on the cusp of fame. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "A gift for Hallmark Channel lovers: Kellie Pickler will star in 'Christmas At Graceland'," 4 June 2018 Newsletter Sign-up Some Republican voters, however, are steadfast in their support for Mr. Trump’s border wall, despite the shutdown. Andrew Duehren, WSJ, "GOP Solidarity Over Wall Faces Test as Voters Press for Shutdown to End," 10 Jan. 2019 She's taught me about humor, and steadfast faith, how to raise compassionate children ... and how to eat Peanut Butter on a spoon. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "See 'Today' Star Jenna Bush Hager Make THE Most Cringe-Worthy Mistake With Hoda Kotb," 11 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of steadfast

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for steadfast

Middle English stedefast, from Old English stedefæst, from stede + fæst fixed, fast

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steadfast

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of steadfast

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

steadfast

adjective
stead·​fast | \ ˈsted-ˌfast How to pronounce steadfast (audio) \

Kids Definition of steadfast

1 : not changing : resolute a steadfast refusal
2 : loyal steadfast friends

Other Words from steadfast

steadfastly adverb
steadfastness noun

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