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stalwart

[stawl-wert] /ˈstɔl wərt/
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 of stalwart
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English (Scots), variant of stalward, earlier stalwurthe; see stalworth
Related forms
stalwartly, adverb
stalwartness, noun

Stalwart

[stawl-wert] /ˈstɔl wərt/
noun
1.
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/
adjective
1.
strong and sturdy; robust
2.
solid, dependable, and courageous: stalwart citizens
3.
resolute and firm
noun
4.
a stalwart person, esp a supporter
Derived Forms
stalwartly, adverb
stalwartness, noun
Word Origin
Old English stǣlwirthe serviceable, from stǣl, shortened from stathol support + wiertheworth1
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Word Origin and History for stalwart
adj.

late 14c., Scottish variant of Old English stælwierðe "good, serviceable," probably a contracted compound of staðol "foundation, support" (from Proto-Germanic *stathlaz, from PIE root *sta- "to stand, set down, make or be firm;" see stet) + wierðe "good, excellent, worthy" (see worth). Another theory traces the first element of stælwierðe to Old English stæl "place," from Proto-Germanic *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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