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

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, -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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King’s steadfast belief that achieving racial justice represented the beating heart of democracy made him, in the eyes of certain critics, an extremist. Peniel E. Joseph, Washington Post, "America’s nonviolent civil rights movement was considered uncivil by critics at the time," 4 July 2018 Bringing him back for the minimum is harmless enough, though Tom Thibodeau's steadfast belief in Rose (who isn't even the best reserve point guard on his own team) bears a constant risk of overexposure. Rob Mahoney,, "NBA Free Agency 2018: Under-the-Radar Grades," 4 July 2018 Like many of his brethren, he is wired to orient himself to the upper bound of the possible, with a steadfast belief in his own ability to control a situation and maximize its outcome. David Murphy,, "How LeBron James' decision may change Sixers' Star Hunt approach | David Murphy," 2 July 2018 No diehard fan wants to imagine himself as old Luke Skywalker, hiding on an island from everything new, anything that might shake his steadfast belief in how the world is supposed to be. Marc Bernardin, The Hollywood Reporter, "Toxic Fandom Is Killing 'Star Wars'," 11 June 2018 Perhaps Trump also sees a little bit of himself in Pruitt, who is combative in the face of all the allegations of impropriety while remaining a steadfast supporter of the president. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Scott Pruitt’s strategy for dealing with his scandals looks a lot like Trump’s," 8 June 2018 In Indiana, three candidates for Senate have each tried to position themselves as steadfast supporters of the White House, and one predicted Mr. Trump could earn a Nobel Peace Prize for his outreach to North Korea. Jonathan Martin And Alexander Burns, New York Times, "After Stormy Daniels, Republicans Face a Referendum on Trump’s Conduct," 26 Mar. 2018 In the same period, the Virginia Indians found a steadfast ally in anthropologist Frank Speck of the University of Pennsylvania. Arica L. Coleman, Time, "From the ‘Pocahontas Exception’ to a ‘Historical Wrong’: The Hidden Cost of Formal Recognition for American Indian Tribes," 9 Feb. 2018 Trump also showed his appreciation for Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Tulare), the House intelligence committee chairman who spearheaded the Republican memo and has been a steadfast Trump ally since serving on his transition team. Chris Megerian,, "You thought the memo drama was over? It's just heating up," 6 Feb. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of steadfast

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


stead·fast | \ ˈsted-ˌfast \

Kids Definition of steadfast

1 : not changing : resolute a steadfast refusal

2 : loyal steadfast friends

Other words from steadfast

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