firm or steadfast in principle, adherence, loyalty, etc., as a person: a staunch Republican; a staunch friend.
characterized by firmness, steadfastness, or loyalty: He delivered a staunch defense of the government.
- Sometimes stanch .
- staunch·ly, adverb
- staunch·ness, noun
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How to use staunch in a sentence
She is a grassroots organizer in local teaching and social justice circles with a staunch focus on helping Californians fulfill basic needs such as food and housing.Candidates’ Take on Labor Will Shape Race for 79th Assembly District | Bella Ross | February 18, 2021 | Voice of San Diego
Hundreds of billions in aid will staunch some of the damage of 2020, but the economy of these cities is counted in the many trillions.America's Cities Are in Crisis. They Should be Allowed to Raise Debt to Save Themselves | Zachary Karabell | February 11, 2021 | Time
He was a minister who fought in the Civil War and a staunch supporter of the education of freed slaves.'Another Milestone in the Long, Long Road.' Rev. Raphael Warnock's Georgia Senate Victory Made History in Multiple Ways | Olivia B. Waxman | January 7, 2021 | Time
His refusal stemmed from a desire to raise individual financial aid from $600 to $2000, something that Democratic representatives have been fighting for against staunch opposition Republican opposition.
A pretty risky voyage,—one that tests the staunchness of a boat and the seamanship of the captain.Up the Forked River | Edward Sylvester Ellis
They induced the French to respect the staunchness of the German spirit.History of the Jews, Vol. V (of 6) | Heinrich Graetz
This renewed assurance of the staunchness of my tight little tin pan was by no means unwelcome.Down the Yellowstone | Lewis R. Freeman
We all of us recognize the staunchness of his principles; we all—all of us here assembled—know the excellence of his work.Such is Life | Frank Wedekind
All that structure finds its support and staunchness in what they call the cates, which are the buoys of which we have spoken.The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 - Volume 40 of 55 | Francisco Colin
British Dictionary definitions for staunch (1 of 2)
loyal, firm, and dependable: a staunch supporter
solid or substantial in construction
rare (of a ship, etc) watertight; seaworthy
- staunchly, adverb
- staunchness, noun
British Dictionary definitions for staunch (2 of 2)
a variant spelling of stanch
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