stalwart

[stawl-wert]
adjective
1.
strongly and stoutly built; sturdy and robust.
2.
strong and brave; valiant: a stalwart knight.
3.
firm, steadfast, or uncompromising: a stalwart supporter of the U.N.
noun
4.
a physically stalwart person.
5.
a steadfast or uncompromising partisan: They counted on the party stalwarts for support in the off-year campaigns.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English (Scots), variant of stalward, earlier stalwurthe; see stalworth

stalwartly, adverb
stalwartness, noun
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Stalwart

[stawl-wert]
noun
a conservative Republican in the 1870s and 1880s, especially one opposed to civil service and other reforms during the administrations of presidents Rutherford B. Hayes and James A. Garfield.
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stalwart (ˈstɔːlwət)
 
adj
1.  strong and sturdy; robust
2.  solid, dependable, and courageous: stalwart citizens
3.  resolute and firm
 
n
4.  a stalwart person, esp a supporter
 
[Old English stǣlwirthe serviceable, from stǣl, shortened from stathol support + wiertheworth1]
 
'stalwartly
 
adv
 
'stalwartness
 
n

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stalwart
late 14c., Scottish variant of O.E. stælwierðe "good, serviceable," probably a contracted compound of staðol "foundation, support" (from P.Gmc. *stathlaz) + wierðe "good, excellent, worthy" (see worth). Another theory traces the first element of stælwierðe
to O.E. stæl "place," from P.Gmc. *stælaz. In U.S. political history, applied 1877 by Blaine to Republicans who refused to give up their hostility to and distrust of the South.
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Example sentences
In the realm of big-time sports, he was regarded as a stalwart of integrity and
  authenticity.
One stalwart official after another has stepped forward with astounding
  accusations of impropriety.
He has been a stalwart champion of voting rights, civil rights.
The stalwart troupe offers a program meant to educate and entertain.
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