verb (used with or without object), noun
adjective, staunch·er, staunch·est.
Origin of staunch2
Examples from the Web for staunch
Greste has also taken a stand in prison as a staunch critic of what has transpired.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015|Movements.Org|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Turkey has been a candidate to the European Union since 1999 and a staunch NATO partner since 1952.Allah, Mom, and Baklava: Turkish President Uses Mothers and Kids as Political Pawns|Xanthe Ackerman|November 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It seemed that I, a staunch feminist, had found myself in the epicenter of macho culture.The Moms of Monster Jam Drive Trucks, Buck Macho Culture|Eliza Krigman|November 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Two years ago, lawmakers in this staunch pro-labor stronghold passed anti-union right-to-work laws.
He delivered a staunch anti-drug speech to a crowd of 1,100 students.The Secrets of ‘Pulp Fiction’: 20 Things You Didn’t Know About the Movie on Its 20th Anniversary|Marlow Stern|October 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She was not a member of the inner twelve, but a staunch admirer of Mrs. Balfame, although by no means sure of her innocence.Mrs. Balfame|Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
Through all this trouble Thompson had a staunch and loyal friend.The Loyalists of Massachusetts|James H. Stark
She had been shot in the breast in two places, and the Abbé Aubert was endeavouring to staunch the blood with his handkerchief.
Two weeks of utter purgatory were lived through, but Cholmondeley 42 was staunch.Colorado Jim|George Goodchild
Heavy of gait, stolid of mien, and of indomitable courage, the true Wessex man is a staunch friend and a very mild enemy.Thomas Hardy's Dorset|Robert Thurston Hopkins
Word Origin for staunch
early 15c., "impervious to water," from Old French estanche "firm, watertight," fem. of estanc "dried, exhausted, wearied, vanquished," from Vulgar Latin *stanticare, probably from Latin stans (genitive stantis), present participle of stare "to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Sense of "strong, substantial" first recorded mid-15c.; of persons, "standing firm and true to one's principles" from 1620s.