[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 steadfastness
For the nucleus of the movement, there remains a patience and steadfastness.Far From the Streets, the Bold-Faced Names Rub Shoulders With the Wall Street Occupiers
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My fidelity and steadfastness had been guaranteed by her and no one else.The Arrow of Gold
The look with which she met his glance had in it all the steadfastness of awakened womanhood.Glory of Youth
His life is a beautiful example of devout Christian steadfastness.Charles Carleton Coffin
William Elliot Griffis, D. D.
His calmness, his steadfastness in what he believed to be right captured the imagination.Susan B. Anthony
Behind her temporary, rational vagaries there was a quality of steadfastness.Mountain Blood
- (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 steadfastness
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