steadfast

or sted·fast

[ sted-fast, -fahst, -fuhst ]
/ ˈstɛdˌfæst, -ˌfɑst, -fəst /

adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. ste.,
  2. ste. anne de beaupré,
  3. ste.-foy,
  4. ste.-thérèse,
  5. stead,
  6. steadfastly,
  7. steadicam,
  8. steading,
  9. steady,
  10. steady as a rock

Origin of steadfast

before 1000; Middle English stedefast, Old English stedefæst. See stead, fast1

SYNONYMS FOR steadfast
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.

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British Dictionary definitions for steadfastness

steadfast

stedfast

/ (ˈstɛdfəst, -ˌfɑːst) /

adjective

(esp of a person's gaze) fixed in intensity or direction; steady
unwavering or determined in purpose, loyalty, etcsteadfast resolve
Derived Formssteadfastly or stedfastly, adverbsteadfastness or stedfastness, noun

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