[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 unsteadfast
The glances that he fixed upon me were unsteadfast and wild.Arthur Mervyn
Charles Brockden Brown
Morton translates false reckoning, which hardly comes under the head of unsteadfast belief; fals takynges P.
The people he had led thither were mere children, rendered dependent and unsteadfast by their long period of servitude.
Some old tales evince it in the unsteadfast purpose of the narrative, the hero quite forgetting the initial motive of his action.
Black-coloured the unsteadfast comrade; white the man whose thoughts keep troth.
- (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 unsteadfast
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