In the staunchly traditional military culture, it's an ugly secret, kept hidden by layers of personal shame and official denial.
Dr. J.T. Francisco was the man who had staunchly maintained to the world that Elvis Presley died of heart failure.
This is a significant concession for a party that has staunchly opposed hiking taxes on anyone at any time for any reason.
Our management and staff are staunchly protective of our editorial independence.
I staunchly oppose the death penalty, so I hope that Gosnell gets life when he is sentenced next week.
The storm of angry words beat on Mary Isabel like hail, but she fronted it staunchly.
The officers whom he tempted were, however, staunchly loyal.
She was staunchly built, and the impact was like that of a solid body against yielding cotton.
The three staunchly approached the door of Mrs. Trent's private study.
The scabs were inclined to make light of her achievement, but Conny and Priscilla staunchly fanned enthusiasm.
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.