[sted-fast, -fahst, -fuh st]
- fixed in direction; steadily directed: a steadfast gaze.
- firm in purpose, resolution, faith, attachment, etc., as a person: a steadfast friend.
- unwavering, as resolution, faith, adherence, etc.
- firmly established, as an institution or a state of affairs.
- firmly fixed in place or position.
Origin of steadfast
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2. sure, dependable, reliable, constant, unwavering. Steadfast, staunch, steady imply a sureness and continuousness that may be depended upon. Steadfast literally means fixed in place, but is chiefly used figuratively to indicate undeviating constancy or resolution: steadfast in one's faith. Staunch literally means watertight, as of a vessel, and therefore strong and firm; figuratively, it is used of loyal support that will endure strain: a staunch advocate of free trade. Literally, steady is applied to that which is relatively firm in position or continuous in movement or duration: a steady flow; figuratively, it implies sober regularity or persistence: a steady worker. 4, 5. stable.
2. capricious, variable.
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Examples from the Web for steadfast
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To date, the league has been steadfast in backing Snyder as well.It’s Official: ‘Redskins’ Is Racist, but Will the Team or NFL Listen?
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"No surrender" was the steadfast motto of Bismarck and his royal master.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
Their offspring bold fares hither to seek the steadfast friend.Beowulf
Had he not looked in time, and with clear, steadfast eyes, might he not have fallen?A Spirit in Prison
The faith in life which the master had implanted in her kept her brave and steadfast.Doctor Pascal
Paul had not shifted his steadfast gaze from his brother's face.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
- (esp of a person's gaze) fixed in intensity or direction; steady
- unwavering or determined in purpose, loyalty, etcsteadfast resolve
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Word Origin and History for steadfast
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