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steadfast

Syllabification: stead·fast
Pronunciation: /ˈstedˌfast
 
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Definition of steadfast in English:

adjective

Resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering: steadfast loyalty
More example sentences
  • As for the coronation of the new King, it stands firm, steadfast and unshaken.
  • You've got to just hold steady and steadfast and unwavering in certain situations.
  • The men ridicule him and laugh at him, but Wang Lung is steadfast in his resolution.
Synonyms

Origin

Old English stedefæst 'standing firm' (see stead, fast1).

Derivatives

steadfastly

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • He was a good listener and he remained steadfastly loyal to his restless, eccentric, intensely spiritual wife.
  • Had I not been concentrating on gripping onto a rail so steadfastly I might have said something.
  • Powell has steadfastly defended everything he has been called on to defend over the last four years.

steadfastness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • In a tribute, Lord Eden referred to Sir Julian's steadfastness, perseverance and loyalty as a constituency MP and parliamentarian, as well as his fearlessness in putting forward his own beliefs.
  • The broken glass symbolises the broken faith, broken trust and shattered justice, our axe symbolises the steadfastness of our determination.
  • His display of passion and intent, his steadfastness not swayed by a biscuit, soothes my own restless soul.

Words that rhyme with steadfast

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