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staunch 1

Pronunciation: /stôn(t)SH/
Pronunciation: /stän(t)SH/

adjective

1Loyal and committed in attitude: a staunch supporter of the antinuclear lobby a staunch Catholic
More example sentences
  • Although their commitments to Hull meant they were unable to take up an active role with York, Stabler remains a staunch supporter of the Wasps.
  • Denmark's government is a staunch supporter of the Bush administration and has committed troops to Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Dr. Haloburdo is described as a dedicated, quiet, staunch supporter of baccalaureate education for nurses.
Synonyms
stalwart, loyal, faithful, committed, devoted, dedicated, dependable, reliable, steady, constant, trusty, hard-working, steadfast, redoubtable, unwavering, tireless;
resolved, resolute, determined
2(Of a wall) of strong or firm construction.
2.1 (also stanch) archaic (Of a ship) watertight.

Derivatives

staunchness

Pronunciation: /ˈstônCHnəs/ Pronunciation: /ˈstänCHnəs/
noun
Example sentences
  • A battle is a severe test of the troops' maturity, psychological staunchness, courage and bravery.
  • By demonstrating his willpower, staunchness, boldness and cold-blooded approach the commander shows his subordinates how to perform one's duty on the battlefield.
  • The US media are lauding the dynamism, authority and staunchness of Britain's leader.

Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense 'watertight'): from Old French estanche, feminine of estanc, from a Romance base meaning 'dried up, weary'. Sense 1 dates from the early 17th century.

Words that rhyme with staunch

graunch, haunch, launch, paunch, raunch

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Syllabification: staunch

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There are 2 main definitions of staunch in English:

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staunch 2

Pronunciation: /stôn(t)SH/
Pronunciation: /stän(t)SH/

verb

Variant spelling of stanch1.
Example sentences
  • The hospital had been alerted and by the time we got there the doctor was already waiting outside for us and we went straight into the emergency room where they staunched the blood flow.
  • After the physio had tried to staunch the flow of blood to the head wound, he called for an ambulance to get Abrazu into hospital.
  • She was dangerously close to a coma when the ambulance got there, but they managed to staunch the blood flow enough to move her to the hospital.

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Syllabification: staunch

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