adjective, staunch·er, staunch·est.
Origin of staunch2
Synonyms for staunch
Related Words for staunchnessfaith, fidelity, fealty, patriotism, honesty, support, allegiance, obedience, reliability, sincerity, adherence, tie, integrity, honor, devotion, trustworthiness, decision, settlement, verdict, perseverance
Examples from the Web for staunchness
Historical Examples of staunchness
It was old Frank's staunchness that brought calamity upon him.Frank of Freedom Hill
Samuel A. Derieux
He might be unscrupulous, he might be unreliable, but he stood by himself for staunchness and the will to help.Young Blood
E. W. Hornung
But what they lacked in warcraft they redeemed in staunchness.Northern Spain
Edgar T. A. Wigram
They induced the French to respect the staunchness of the German spirit.History of the Jews, Vol. V (of 6)
The gallant regulars resisted with the staunchness of their professional esprit, and refused to yield an inch.
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.