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 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
Recent Examples on the Web Noem has been a steadfast ally of Trump and has mirrored his handling of the virus. Jonathan Martin And Maggie Haberman New York Times, Star Tribune, "Trump asked S.D. governor about spot on Mount Rushmore," 9 Aug. 2020 But there’s a specific way of going about this, and the most frustrating thing for Karl about the Trump administration seems to be its steadfast refusal of this genteel approach. Colin Dickey, The New Republic, "The Helpless Outrage of the Anti-Trump Book," 7 Aug. 2020 He also was known to be kind at heart, funny and steadfast with a competitive spirit. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bayside Middle School student known for kind-hearted personality, dream of being Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, killed in crash," 6 Aug. 2020 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi remained steadfast over the weekend in her desire to pass a larger bill and not take a piecemeal approach suggested by Republicans and the White House, such as a short-term extension of the unemployment benefit. Editors, USA TODAY, "COVID-19 relief negotiations, Tropical Storm Isaias, Google Pixel 4a: 5 things you need to know Monday," 3 Aug. 2020 Someone who remains steadfast and true in the face of all temptations is well worth appreciating. oregonlive, "Horoscope for July 31, 2020: Cancer, stay away from group gatherings; Leo, love lights up your heart," 31 July 2020 But apart from his dad's steadfast work ethic, Al greatly admired his dad's ability to choose positivity — a recurring theme in Al's new autobiography. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Al Roker Never Could Have Forecasted Where He'd Be Today," 31 July 2020 With the help of steadfast secretary Della Street and private investigator Paul Drake, Mason pursues the leads and theories the police have failed to see. Jacqui Shine, Smithsonian Magazine, "What Perry Mason Taught Americans About the Criminal Justice System," 19 June 2020 That stubbornness was steadfast in the face of lobbying from tribal groups and activists. Ann Killion,, "Washington’s NFL team finds morality when its bottom line is threatened," 13 July 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 14 Aug. 2020.

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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
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