[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 steadfastly
Snyder has steadfastly refused to even consider a name change.The Native Americans Who Voted for ‘The Fighting Sioux’
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As a freedom fighter, Mandela was an adversary of those who steadfastly supported the Apartheid government that oppressed him.Mandela and My Son
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It has steadfastly refused to release its own estimates of non-combatant deaths in drone strikes, figures that it says classified.U.S. Drone Program Needs to Be Accompanied by Hard Facts on Civilian Deaths
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But he has steadfastly refused to confirm or deny reports that he and Silda are living apart.Meet the New Eliot Spitzer
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Tom gazed at her steadfastly, and seemed to say, 'What else?'Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
So he sat, with a steadfastly vacant gaze, pausing in his work.A Tale of Two Cities
He was a true Hudson's Bay man, steadfastly loyal to the Company.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
You looked far too long and too steadfastly for a first introduction.A Comedy of Marriage and Other Tales
Guy De Maupassant
She looked at him steadfastly for a moment without speaking.The Avenger
E. Phillips Oppenheim
- (esp of a person's gaze) fixed in intensity or direction; steady
- unwavering or determined in purpose, loyalty, etcsteadfast resolve
Word Origin and History for steadfastly
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper