steadfast

adjective
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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For over three decades, Julia Roberts has been a steadfast red carpet darling—and a playful one at that. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Julia Roberts Brings Back the Most Shocking Red Carpet Pedicure at the 2019 Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2019 His tongue may have run amuck at moments, but his heart was steadfast. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Jon Meacham's Eulogy for George H.W. Bush: Read What the President's Biographer Had to Say," 5 Dec. 2018 Jeffteeters between laughter and tears, with the pendulum swinging dangerously close to anger as he’s restricted from publicly coping, and his steadfast belief that some good must come from pain starts to fall into question. Karen Han, Vox, "Jim Carrey returns to TV on Showtime’s Kidding. It’s a messy triumph.," 8 Sep. 2018 Especially during committee hearings on the controversial dossier used in the ongoing Russia investigation, DeSantis has remained steadfast in his support and defense of Trump. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Ron DeSantis teaches his kids about Trump in campaign ad," 31 July 2018 In fairness, Perille might have the one thing Chang quickly lost: the steadfast support of the mayor’s office. Adrian Walker, BostonGlobe.com, "Another BPS superintendent has come and gone. Now what?," 1 July 2018 Frank is cherished by his family, and his quiet kindness, steadfast support, and wise counsel will be forever missed. courant.com, "Frank D. Vasington," 29 June 2018 Michael and Ginny have been steadfast supports for 17 years at Kathy's House. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brookfield couple exemplifies volunteerism for work at Kathy's House in Tosa," 23 May 2018 President Trump is pleased so far, but continued movement toward mutually beneficial outcomes relies significantly on outsiders’ steadfast support and engagement. Bridget Coggins, Washington Post, "North and South Korea still have a long path ahead, most of it uncharted," 1 May 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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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 \

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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