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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Definitions for stalwart

  1. firm, steadfast, or uncompromising: a stalwart supporter of the U.N.
  2. strong and brave; valiant: a stalwart knight.
  3. strongly and stoutly built; sturdy and robust.

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Citations for stalwart
Throughout Europe, Social Democrats have long since shifted from the kind of stalwart ideology that Sanders now pushes toward what Germans called the Neue Mitte (New Center) and those in other countries referred to as the Third Way. Russell Shorto, "Bernie Sanders's Forty-Year-Old Idea," The New Yorker, April 17, 2016
But I did turn out a job ... and now the stalwart steady types can finish it while I loaf. Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land, 1961
Origin of stalwart
Stalwart is the Scots form of Middle English stalwurthe, which in turn derives from Old English stǣlwirthe meaning “serviceable, equivalent.” The word was popularized in modern English by Sir Walter Scott.