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

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 for many centuries. Its Old English predecessor, stedefæst, combines stede (meaning "place" or "stead") and fæst (meaning "firmly fixed"). The word was first used in battle contexts to describe warriors who stood their ground, which led to its "immovable" sense. That sense gave way to the word's use as an adjective implying unswerving faith, loyalty, or devotion.

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 Chris Johnson, a 30-year-old individual investor who runs an online trading community called The Wealth Squad, has been among those encouraging small traders to remain steadfast. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, 10 May 2022 On Thursday, Chinese President Xi Jinping said China would remain steadfast in its commitment to its COVID zero policy, even though Shanghai's month-long lockdown has cost the economy tens of billions of dollars and stirred public backlash. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, 6 May 2022 With the world opening up, Fourati and Carrica are considering possible investments into marketing and public relations, but remain steadfast in continually engaging with their customers through a shared culture of storytelling. Jennifer Lee, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2022 Tensions on both sides have run hot, as Roxbury Prep has held steadfast to its indignation and some Georgetown residents have pushed back against the allegations, saying the town and its student-athletes have been unjustly labeled racist., 24 Sep. 2021 Many members of Congress have criticized President Joe Biden’s steadfast commitment to the withdrawal of U.S. forces, calling on the president to extend the August 31 deadline. Grace Segers, The New Republic, 30 Aug. 2021 With so much of the public still riding the fence, marketers must be empathetic while keeping steadfast to their focus of educating and informing populations with concerns. Chris Paquette, Forbes, 15 June 2021 That's down from $37.57 Sept. 10. GM leaders have held steadfast to the partnership, announced Sept. 8, with Nikola. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, 29 Sep. 2020 Like those involved in the O’Reilly investigation, other winners spoke to the glories of patient, steadfast reporting. Washington Post, 25 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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22 May 2022

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“Steadfast.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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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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