stead·​fast | \ ˈsted-ˌfast How to pronounce steadfast (audio) 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 How to pronounce steadfast (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
Recent Examples on the Web Scott Schaeffer-Duffy, founder of the local chapter of the Catholic Worker, is perhaps the most steadfast representative of the Catholic faith at the Saint Vincent picket line. Amy Littlefield, The New Republic, "The Rise of the Corporate-Catholic “Zombie Hospital”," 4 May 2021 Before Gonzalez's election in 2016, Harris County was one of ICE's most steadfast partners in immigration enforcement., "To lead ICE, Biden picks Texas sheriff who criticized Trump’s immigration policies," 27 Apr. 2021 State Senator Brad Hoylman, a sponsor of the senate bill, remains steadfast. Bruce Handy, The New Yorker, "Will New York’s Legislature Cancel a MAGA Park?," 29 Mar. 2021 The Pope & Young Club remains steadfast in their stance on crossbows. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, "Has Crossbow Innovation Finally Gone Too Far?," 17 Mar. 2021 But her most steadfast champion, Itzel said, has always been her mother, Idalit González, who was brought to the U.S. from Mexico at age 9. Los Angeles Times, "In East L.A., coronavirus has rewired the rhythms of daily life," 28 Dec. 2020 Recently, some of Life’s most steadfast friends reflected upon its influence and lessons over half a century. New York Times, "The Lasting Lessons of John Conway’s Game of Life," 23 Dec. 2020 Your pup has been your partner in a pandemic and perhaps the most steadfast member of the family in the rockiest of times. Chris Bynum,, "From pet luggage to heated beds to doggie dinner delivery, gifts for the pets who have it all," 2 Dec. 2020 Like thousands of women who came before her, Edith Nourse Rogers went to war in an unofficial capacity, but through her own determination, became one of the Army’s most steadfast allies and innovators. Erin Blakemore, Smithsonian Magazine, "Five Women Veterans Who Deserve to Have Army Bases Named After Them," 15 June 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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 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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