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staunch1

[stawnch] /stɔntʃ/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), noun
1.
stanch1 .

staunch2

[stawnch, stahnch] /stɔntʃ, stɑntʃ/
adjective, stauncher, staunchest.
1.
firm or steadfast in principle, adherence, loyalty, etc., as a person:
a staunch Republican; a staunch friend.
2.
characterized by firmness, steadfastness, or loyalty:
He delivered a staunch defense of the government.
3.
strong; substantial:
a staunch little hut in the woods.
4.
impervious to water or other liquids; watertight:
a staunch vessel.
Also, stanch.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English sta(u)nch < Middle French estanche (feminine), estanc (masculine), derivative of estancher to stanch1
Related forms
staunchly, adverb
staunchness, noun
Synonyms
1. constant, true, faithful. See steadfast. 2. resolute. 3. stout, sound.
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  • There were lots of reasons for the reversal, but certainly staunch opposition from the energy industry played a significant role.
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  • Things change with more information, and the medical profession has changed it's staunch viewpoints time and time again.
  • Yet staunch as it was, the defense wasn't necessarily a weapon.
  • Her staunch self-reliance in the face of her husband's and then her own decline is remarkable.
  • The next step is to try to staunch the flow proper with drilling mud, a mixture of water and clay minerals.
British Dictionary definitions for staunch

stanch

/stɑːntʃ/
verb
1.
to stem the flow of (a liquid, esp blood) or (of a liquid) to stop flowing
2.
to prevent the flow of a liquid, esp blood, from (a hole, wound, etc)
3.
an archaic word for assuage
noun
4.
a primitive form of lock in which boats are carried over shallow parts of a river in a rush of water released by the lock
Derived Forms
stanchable, staunchable, adjective
stancher, stauncher, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French estanchier, from Vulgar Latin stanticāre (unattested) to cause to stand, from Latin stāre to stand, halt

staunch1

/stɔːntʃ/
adjective
1.
loyal, firm, and dependable: a staunch supporter
2.
solid or substantial in construction
3.
(rare) (of a ship, etc) watertight; seaworthy
Derived Forms
staunchly, adverb
staunchness, noun
Word Origin
C15: (originally: watertight): from Old French estanche, from estanchier to stanch

staunch2

/stɔːntʃ/
verb, noun
1.
a variant spelling of stanch
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Word Origin and History for staunch
adj.

early 15c., "impervious to water," from Old French estanche "firm, watertight," fem. of estanc "dried, exhausted, wearied, vanquished," from Vulgar Latin *stanticare, probably from Latin stans (genitive stantis), present participle of stare "to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Sense of "strong, substantial" first recorded mid-15c.; of persons, "standing firm and true to one's principles" from 1620s.

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