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[sted-fast, -fahst, -fuh st] /ˈstɛdˌfæst, -ˌfɑst, -fəst/
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
before 1000; Middle English stedefast, Old English stedefæst. See stead, fast1
Related forms
steadfastly, adverb
steadfastness, noun
oversteadfast, adjective
oversteadfastly, adverb
oversteadfastness, noun
unsteadfast, adjective
unsteadfastly, adverb
unsteadfastness, noun
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. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • My fidelity and steadfastness had been guaranteed by her and no one else.

    The Arrow of Gold Joseph Conrad
  • The look with which she met his glance had in it all the steadfastness of awakened womanhood.

    Glory of Youth Temple Bailey
  • 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 Alma Lutz
  • Behind her temporary, rational vagaries there was a quality of steadfastness.

    Mountain Blood Joseph Hergesheimer
  • steadfastness and constancy such as this seldom loses a friend.

  • Bravely she answered, bracing soul and mind and body to steadfastness.

    Flamsted quarries Mary E. Waller
  • There is not enough of seriousness, dignity, steadfastness  and endurance.

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  • What are the things that would shake our steadfastness, and sweep us away?

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Alexander Maclaren
British Dictionary definitions for steadfastness


/ˈstɛdfəst; -ˌfɑːst/
(esp of a person's gaze) fixed in intensity or direction; steady
unwavering or determined in purpose, loyalty, etc: steadfast resolve
Derived Forms
steadfastly, stedfastly, adverb
steadfastness, stedfastness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for steadfastness



Old English stedefæst "secure in position," from stede (see stead) + fæst (see fast (adj.)); cf. Middle Low German stedevast, Old Norse staðfastr. Related: Steadfastly, steadfastness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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