Definition of staunch in English:

staunch

Syllabification: staunch
Pronunciation: /stônCH, stänCH
 
 
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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.

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.

Derivatives

staunchly

adverb
More example sentences
  • Come on people of Tramore, let us show we can support our team as staunchly as any other area in the county.
  • He never forgave the British Labour party, which he had staunchly supported, for failing to confront the 1974 loyalist strike.
  • Earlier, the president staunchly defending his choice, embracing her fresh outlook to the high court.

staunchness

noun
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  • 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.

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