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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But even through downtown’s ups and downs, First Presbyterian remained a steadfast presence. Sal Pizarro, The Mercury News, "After 170 years, First Presbyterian Church of San Jose closes its doors downtown," 1 July 2019 This is, in part, a problem of Ellis’s embarrassment of riches in midfield, and her steadfast devotion to a 4-3-3 formation. Jeré Longman, New York Times, "How Megan Rapinoe and the U.S. Beat France at the World Cup," 28 June 2019 The Senate voted Thursday to block the Trump administration from selling weapons to Saudi Arabia, launching a new challenge to President Donald Trump's steadfast alliance with the country amid rising tensions in the Middle East. NBC News, "Senate votes to block Saudi arms sales as Trump pledges veto," 20 June 2019 The Senate voted Thursday to block the Trump administration from selling weapons to Saudi Arabia, launching a new challenge to President Donald Trump’s steadfast alliance with the country amid rising tensions in the Middle East. Susannah George, Anchorage Daily News, "Senate votes to block Saudi arms sales as Trump pledges veto," 20 June 2019 If consistency counts, an examination of Castro’s record at HUD shows a steadfast focus on a single concept - opportunity - which has its roots in Castro’s own modest upbringing and lives on as a maxim of his presidential quest. Bill Lambrecht, ExpressNews.com, "Julián Castro draws on HUD experience as 2020 candidates pitch affordable housing plans," 13 June 2019 His gentle spirit and steadfast faith brought the Lord's hope, healing, restoration, and reconciliation to many. courant.com, "David George Guerrin," 6 June 2019 Reuters/Mohammad Ponir Hossain Chinese brands may have flooded India’s smartphone market, but across the border, in Bangladesh, local brands have found steadfast loyalists. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Bangladesh is handling the Chinese smartphone onslaught way better than India," 30 May 2019 Signs of transformation appear next to steadfast remnants of what the mine used to be. Martin Kirchner, National Geographic, "In Germany, industrial sites are now artful enclaves," 10 May 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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The first known use of steadfast was before the 12th century

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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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